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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Severan Period| > |Julia Maesa| > RS63896
Julia Maesa, Augusta 8 June 218 - 224 or 225 A.D.
|Julia| |Maesa|, |Julia| |Maesa,| |Augusta| |8| |June| |218| |-| |224| |or| |225| |A.D.|, Fecunditas is often identified as the personification of fertility rather than as an actual deity, however, Fecunditas was recognized as a divinity by Nero, who erected a statue to her. Tacitus notes that upon the birth of Claudia Neronis, the senate decreed the construction of a temple of Fertility to be built at Antium. Fecunditas is always portrayed as a female figure holding a child, or children and often a scepter, cornucopia, palm branch or caduceus. Sometimes the children are depicted standing at her feet. Coins portraying her usually advertise the fertility of the imperial family.
RS63896. Silver denarius, BMCRE p. 539, 64; RSC III 8; RIC IV 249; SRCV II 7749, Choice aEF, Rome mint, weight 3.079g, maximum diameter 19.7mm, die axis 180o, 218 - 220 A.D.; obverse IVLIA MAESA AVG, older draped bust right, hair in nearly vertical waves, and flat chignon at the back; reverse FECVNDITAS AVG, Fecunditas standing left, extending right hand to a child standing before her with arms reaching up to her, cornucopia in left; SOLD










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