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Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D.
Venus in her aspect as the divine ancestress of the Roman people was known as Venus Genetrix. According to legend, and as recorded in Virgil's Aeneid, Aeneis was the son of Venus who fled Troy after its destruction and founded the city of Rome. Julius Caesar, being of the Gens Julia, claimed direct descent from Venus Genetrix and Aeneas. Julius Caesar built a Temple of Venus Genetrix in his new forum. Most depictions of Venus Genetrix on Roman coinage are of the statue in the Forum, and do not directly refer to pregnancy or fertility.
RS89475. Silver antoninianus
, RIC IV
C388a; RSC III
211; BMCRE V
p. 434, C22; Hunter III
C15; SRCV II
7098, Choice VF, nice older portrait
, well centered
, light tone, light marks, some die wear, tiny edge cracks, Rome
4.881g, maximum diameter
23.8mm, die axis
, reign of Caracalla
, 216 A.D.; obverse
IVLIA PIA FELIX
AVG, diademed draped bust
right on crescent, wearing stephane
; reverse VENVS GENETRIX
seated left, extending right hand, long scepter
vertical behind in left; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 73, part
of lot 970; scarce
Catalog current as of Monday, May 20, 2019.
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