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ERIC Table of Contents


Title Page

Introduction

About Roman Coins

Denominations

Coins of Other Ancient Cultures

Identifying Roman Coins

How To Use This Book

Mintmarks

Mint Map

Pricing And Grading

Bibliography

Reference Catalogs Cited

Coin Terms Used

Glossary

Rarity Tables

Index of Rulers

Photography Credits

Additional Web Resources

Imperial Catalog:

AUGUSTUS
LIVA
AGRIPPA
NERO CLAUDIUS DRUSUS
GERMANICUS
AGRIPPINA I
TIBERIUS
DRUSUS
ANTONIA
CALIGULA
CLAUDIUS I
BRITANNICUS
AGRIPPINA II
NERO
GALBA
CLODIUS MACER
OTHO
VITELLIUS
VESPASIAN
DOMITILLA
TITUS
DOMITIAN
DOMITIA
JULIA TITI
NERVA
TRAJAN
PLOTINA
MARCIANA
MATIDIA
HADRIAN
SABINA
AELIUS
ANTONINUS PIUS
FAUSTINA I
MARCUS AURELIUS
FAUSTINA II
LUCIUS VERUS
LUCILLA
COMMODUS
CRISPINA
PERTINAX
DIDIUS JULIANUS
MANLIA SCANTILLA
DIDIA CLARA
PESCENNIUS NIGER
CLODIUS ALBINUS
SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS
JULIA DOMNA
CARACALLA
PLAUTILLA
GETA
MACRINUS
DIADUMENIAN
ELAGABALUS
JULIA MAESA
JULIA SOAEMIAS
JULIA PAULA
AQUILIA SEVERA
ANNIA FAUSTINA
SEVERUS ALEXANDER
JULIA MAMAEA
ORBIANA
MAXIMINUS I
PAULINA
MAXIMUS
GORDIAN I
GORDIAN II
BALBINUS
PUPIENUS
GORDIAN III
TRANQUILLINA
PHILIP I
OTACILIA SEVERA
PHILIP II
PACATIAN
JOTAPIAN
TRAJAN DECIUS
HERENNIA ETRUSCILLA
HERENNIUS ETRUSCUS
HOSTILIAN
TREBONIANUS GALLUS
VOLUSIAN
AEMILIAN
CORNELIA SUPERA
SILBANNACUS
URANIUS ANTONINUS
VALERIAN I
MARINIANA
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GALLIENUS
SALONINA
SALONINUS
REGALIANUS
DRYANTILLA
POSTUMUS
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VICTORINUS
DOMITIAN II
TETRICUS I
TETRICUS II
QUIETUS
MACRIANUS
CLAUDIUS II
QUINTILLUS
AURELIAN
SEVERINA
ZENOBIA
VABALATHUS
TACITUS
FLORIAN
PROBUS
SATURNINUS
CARUS
CARINUS
MAGNIA URBICA
NIGRIAN
NUMERIAN
JULIAN I
DIOCLETIAN
MAXIMIAN
CARAUSIUS
ALLECTUS
DOMITIUS DOMITIANUS
CONSTANTIUS I
THEODORA
GALERIUS
GALERIA VALERIA
SEVERUS II
MAXENTIUS
ROMULUS
CONSTANTINE I
HELENA
FAUSTA
ALEXANDER
LICINIUS I
CONSTANTIA
MAXIMINUS II
LICINIUS II
CRISPUS
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DELMATIUS
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JOVIAN
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PROCOPIUS
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THEODOSIUS I
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EUGENIUS
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CONSTANTINE III
CONSTANS II
MAXIMINUS
PRISCUS ATTALUS
JOVINUS
SABASTIANUS
CONSTANTIUS III
GALLA PLACIDIA
JOHANNES
VALENTINIAN III
LICINIA EUDOXIA
HONORIA
PETRONIUS MAXIMINUS
AVITUS
MAJORIAN
LIBIUS SEVERUS
ANTHEMIUS
EUPHEMIA
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GLYCERIUS
JULIUS NEPOS
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ARCADIUS
EUDOXIA
PULCHERIA
THEODOSIUS II
EUDOCIA
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LEO I
VERINA
LEO II
ZENO
ARIADNE
BASILISCUS
ZENONIS
LEONTIUS I
ANASTASIUS I
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ERIC The Encyclopedia of Roman Imperial Coins
by Rasiel Suarez


Julia Maesa 

? - d.223 

Grandmother of Elagabalus and Severus Alexander

  
This domineering lady made sure that her puppet grandson would feature her prominently among the currency of the day. It is easy and cheap to locate a coin of hers even if one those of Elagabalus himself are much more common. 
 
This is now the age of silver. Bronze has become too expensive for its own good. The silver coins being made at the mint are in actuality by now less than 50% pure. This means it only takes about a gram and a half of silver to make a typical Denarius. Compared to the ten grams it takes to make an As or upwards of 20 to make a Sestertius it makes little economical sense to make much effort in producing those lesser valued coins. 
 
So itís rather rare to see those old-fashioned bronzes by the third century and in the case with Julia Maesa they will be much, much rarer than her Denarii. These can be found for around $50 or less for the average to above-average quality coin. More expensive will be the still-exotic and recently introduced Antoninianus which looks to all the world like a slightly heftier Denarius but with the empressís bust resting on a crescent.  
 
This convention serves as an easy visual distinction between the two denominations. At the same time it symbolizes her association with the Moon in contrast to the emperor whose radiate crown symbolizes the Sun.  

Busts: 

1) Diademed, draped bust left 
2) Diademed, draped bust right 
3) Diademed, draped bust right on crescent 
4) Draped bust right 
5) Veiled bust right 

 

Obverses: 

 
1) DIVA MAESA AVG 
3) IVLIA MAESA AVG 

 

Reverses: 

 
8) IVNO 
10) IVNO REG 
11) IVNO REGI 
13) LAETITIA PVBL 
14) PAX ETERNA 
16) PVDICITIA 
20) VESTA 

 

Types: 

 
1) Fecunditas seated left, holding flower and scepter; child on either side. 
2) Fecunditas standing left, holding cornucopia; child on either side. 
3) Fecunditas standing left, raising hand over child and holding cornucopia
4) Felicitas seated left, holding caduceus and cornucopia 
5) Felicitas standing left, sacrificing over altar and holding caduceus 
6) Funeral pyre 
7) Julia Maesa, holding scepter, riding eagle right, upwards. 
8) Julia Maesa, holding scepter, riding peacock right, upwards. 
9) Juno standing left, holding patera and scepter
10) Juno standing left, holding patera and scepter; peacock to left. 
11) Laetitia standing left, holding wreath and rudder on globe. 
12) Monetae (3) standing left, each holding a scale and cornucopia; coins piled by feet. 
13) Pax standing left, holding branch and scepter
14) Pietas standing left, raising hand over altar and holding incense box. 
15) Pietas standing left, raising hands over altar
16) Pudicitia seated left, pulling veil and holding scepter 
17) Pudicitia seated left, raising hand and holding scepter 
18) Venus standing left, holding helmet and spear with shield

 

Mint: 

 
1) Antioch 
2) Roma 

 
AU Aureus Reference(s) 
 
1) B4, O3, R08, T10, M1  RIC 255 (IVii, Elagabalus

AR Antoninianus Reference(s) 
 
2) B3, O3, R15, T14 RIC 264 (IVii, Elagabalus

 
AR Denarius  
 
3) B4, O3, R04, T03 RIC 249 (IVii, Elagabalus), C 8 
4) B4, O3, R04, T01  
5) B4, O3, R08, T09 RIC 254 (IVii, Elagabalus), S 7750 
6) B2, O3, R08, T10 RIC 256 (IVii, Elagabalus), C 21 
7) B2, O3, R10, T10  
8) B4, O3, R13, T11 RIC 261 (IVii, Elagabalus), C 26 
9) B4, O3, R15, T14 RIC 263 (IVii, Elagabalus), C 29 
10) B4, O3, R15, T15 RIC 266 (IVii, Elagabalus), S 7755, C 34a 
11) B4, O3, R16, T16 RIC 268 (IVii, Elagabalus), S 7756, C 36 
12) B4, O3, R17, T05 * in right field RIC 271 (IVii, Elagabalus), S 7757, C 45 
13) B4, O3, R17, T05 * in left field RIC 272 (IVii, Elagabalus), S 7757, C 45 
14) A coin exists with corrupted obverse legend ďIVLIA MAMIAS AVGĒ as No. 5 above; the engraver mistakenly using part of Soaemiasís name. 

 
 
15) B4, O1, R02, T08 RIC 378 (IVii, Severus Alexander), C 3 

 
 
16) B2, O4, R15, T14 RIC 414 (IVii, Elagabalus), C 31 

 
 
17) B5, O2, R02, T06 Exe: SC RIC 712 (IVii, Severus Alexander

 
AE As 
 
18) B2, O4, R15, T14 RIC 416 (IVii, Elagabalus), C 32 
19) Same error as noted in No. 14 above but with diademed, draped bust right 

 

Julia Maesa Busts 

Julia Maesa Types