(my photo) (seller's photo) Julia Domna, AR Denarius (20 mm, 3.77 g), Rome, circa 213 A.D. IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG Draped bust of Julia Domna to right. Rev. VESTA Vesta standing front, head to left, holding palladium in her right hand and long scepter in her left. RIC 390 (Caracalla). This coin was struck under Caracalla in 213 A.D., and contains the legend "Pia Felix Augusta", which is the title taken by Julia Domna after the death of Septimius Severus. Julia had famously suffered two major losses in the two years before this coin was struck. In February of 211 A.D., her husband Septimius Severus died, and left the Empire to their two sons Caracalla and Geta. Julia Domna did her best to act as a mediator between her two boys, but as we all know, that obviously didn't work out very well for her. In December of 211, Geta was murdered in Julia's arms under the orders of Caracalla, who then became sole emperor. Losing her husband and youngest son (in horrific fashion) in the same year had to have taken its toll on her, and the portrait style on her coins starts to change around this time. Unlike emperors like Augustus, who managed to look the same age on his coins despite ruling for over 30 years, I love that Julia Domna was willing to use a more realistic image of herself on her coins. My photo probably doesn't do this coin justice, but it really is a beauty in hand...definitely one of my favorite new additions of the year. Please share your favorite coins of Julia Domna, or any coins showing an aging ruler towards the end of their reign.