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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Greek Coins| > |Greek Imperial| > |Decapolis, Arabia & Syria| > RY93391
Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Laodicea ad Mare, Syria, Julia Domna Reverse
|Decapolis,| |Arabia| |&| |Syria|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.,| |Laodicea| |ad| |Mare,| |Syria,| |Julia| |Domna| |Reverse|, NEWDuring the reign of Commodus, in 179 A.D., Lucius Septimius Severus was put in command of Legio IV Scythica stationed at Antioch. In Syria, he was introduced to a little girl, Julia Domna, aged nine, the daughter of the high priest of Emesa, Julius Bassianus. Whoever marries this child, the astrologers had predicted, she will make into a king. Severus was devoted to astrology, and both the girl and the fable fascinated him. They married in 187 A.D., when she was 17.
RY93391. Bronze diassarion, BMC Syria, p. 258, 81 - 82; SNG Hunterian 3211 - 3212; Meyer 23 34; c/m: Howgego 586 (COL) and 581 (CAΓ), aF, well centered, rough, Laodicea ad Mare (Latakia, Syria) mint, weight 10.553g, maximum diameter 25.2mm, die axis 45o, 194 - 197 A.D.; obverse AVT KAI CEPT CEOYHPOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Septimius Severus right, countermarks: COL in a rectangular punch, and probably CAΓ (AΓ ligate) in a rectangular punch; reverse AYΓ ∆OMNA TYXH MHTPOΠOΛEΩC, draped bust of Julia Domna right within distyle shrine; from the Errett Bishop Collection; rare; $70.00











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