A Denarius Added to the Collection Today

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Al Kowsky, Jun 19, 2019.

  1. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    I had been looking for something to lift my spirit after my twin brother Henry passed away 3 weeks ago :depressed:, & found a beautiful denarius of Julia Soaemias, from FORVM ANCIENT COINS that did the trick :). See photos below. The coin has an excellent portrait Julia & a stunning reverse of the "Celestial Venus" made from a fresh die. The coin measures 18 mm in diameter, was struck at the Rome Mint in AD 220/221, & has been blessed with fine old cabinet toning :jawdrop:. Julia Soaemias was the best looking of the 3 daughters of Julia Maesa, & was very lascivious :smuggrin:. Her son, Elagabalus, was elected emperor in AD 218 & is best known for his cruelty & debauchery :mad:. Both mother & son were murdered by the Praetorian Guard under the direction of Julia Maesa in AD 222 :D.

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  3. Sallent

    Sallent Live long and prosper Supporter

    My condolences. Beautiful coin. I wouldn't have bought it though because I'd be tempted to leave it in the slab due to the 5/5 grading, and I don't do plastic.
     
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  4. Svarog

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  5. lrbguy

    lrbguy Well-Known Member

    Very nice coin. I'd love to see that iridescence in good lighting. It gives the less than saintly Soaemias a bit of a halo.
     
  6. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Sorry for your loss, but that is a lovely Julia S.

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    Julia Soaemias (218-222 A.D.)
    AR Denarius
    O: IVLIA SOAEMIAS AVG
    Draped bust right.
    R: VENVS CAELESTIS
    Venus diademed seated left on throne, apple in right, scepter in left, child at her feet.
    SRCV 7720 RIC 243 RSC 14
    3.6g
    19.6mm

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    Julia Soaemias (218 - 222 A.D.)
    AR Denarius
    O: IVLIA SOEMIAS AVG, draped bust right.
    R: VENVS CAELESTIS, Venus standing facing, head left, holding apple and sceptre; star in left field.
    Rome Mint
    18mm
    3g
    RIC IV 241 (Elagabalus); BMCRE 45; RSC 8a.

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    Julia Soaemias (219 - 222 A.D.)
    Ar Denarius
    O: IVLIA SOAEMIAS AVGVSTA, draped bust right.
    R: IVNO REGINA, Juno standing right, holding scepter & palladium.
    Rome Mint
    19mm
    2.64g
    RIC 237, RSC 3, BMC 41
     
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  7. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Sorry to hear about the loss of your brother Henry.

    That is a beautiful coin you got there - beautiful art is eternal, they say. And that is a consolation.
     
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  8. thejewk

    thejewk Well-Known Member

    Commiserations friend, and a beauty of a coin.
     
  9. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    My brother died 6 years ago. I know how devastating it can be even though he was not my twin. My condolences brother.
     
  10. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    congrats on the coin, condolences on your brother...
     
  11. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    Very sorry to hear of your loss.
     
  12. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Beautiful coin.
     
  13. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    That is a lovely coin.

    My condolences on the loss of your brother.

    Mine has the star in the right field:

    Soaemias Venus Caelestis Standing Denarius.jpg
    Julia Soaemias, Augusta AD 218-222.
    Roman AR Denarius, 3.02 g, 19.2 mm.
    Rome, AD 320-322.
    Obv: IVLIA SOAEMIAS AVG, bare-headed and draped bust, r.
    Rev: VENVS CAELESTIS, Venus diademed and standing l., holding apple and scepter; in right field a star.
    Refs: RIC 341; BMCRE 49; RCV 7719 var.; Cohen 8.
     
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  14. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    My deepest regrets losing your twin brother.

    It is good that you find solace in your hobby. I hope it helps you celebrate his life! Kindest Regards,
    Brian
     
  15. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    Condoleances @Al Kowsky

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    Julia Soemias, Denarius - Rome mint, AD 220
    IVLIA SOAEMIAS AVG, draped bust right
    VENVS CAELESTIS, Venus seated left, holding apple and sceptre. Before her, a child
    4.16 gr
    Ref : RCV #7720, Cohen #14

    Q
     
  16. Al Kowsky

    Al Kowsky Supporter! Supporter

    Many thanks to everyone for the kind words of condolence :joyful:. None of us know what really happens after we expire, but it's comforting to think there may be more coming after our journey on earth.
     
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  17. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    I am sorry for your loss. I can't even imagine losing my brother.
     
  18. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    A great coin. Sorry for you loss
     
  19. Jims Coins

    Jims Coins Well-Known Member

    My condolence for the loss of your brother. Here is my Julia Soaemias. Rev. VENVS.CAELESTIS. DFM-265 OBV.jpg DFM-265 REV.jpg
     
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