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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Severan Period| > |Julia Domna| > RS89475
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 mint, weight 4.881g, maximum diameter 23.8mm, die axis 0o, reign of Caracalla, 216 A.D.; obverse IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, diademed draped bust right on crescent, wearing stephane; reverse VENVS GENETRIX (Mother Venus), Venus seated left, extending right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left; ex Numismatik Naumann auction 73, part of lot 970; scarce; SOLD

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