The women of the Roman Empire

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Justin Lee, Jul 13, 2017.

  1. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing Supporter

    I just picked up this Julie Maesa last week.

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    Julia Maesa Denarius.
    Obv: IVLIA MAESA AVG, draped bust right.
    Rev: IVNO, Juno standing left, holding patera and scepter.
    RIC 254, RSC 16, BMC 67
    2.8g, 20mm

    I'm thinking I might start a collection of the women of Ancient Rome. I'd love to see yours! Who do you find most intriguing?

    (BTW, I know this coin is simple, but it's my first silver denarius!)
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  3. TIF

    TIF Well that didn't last long :D Supporter

    Julia Domna is certainly one of the more notable women of ancient Rome :)

    Julia Domna
    AR denarius, 19.5mm, 3.17 gm, 6h. Rome mint
    Struck under Septimius Severus, circa AD 207-211
    Obv: IVLIA AVGVSTA; draped bust right
    Rev: Fecunditas or Tellus (Earth) reclining left under tree, resting arm on basket of fruit and placing hand on celestial orb; standing before her are four children representing the Four Seasons
    Ref: RIC IV 549 (Septimius Severus); RSC 35

    Domna bio
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  4. David@PCC


    Congratulations on your 1st denarius, I think you will find collecting empresses interesting. I only have a few.
    Faustina Senior
    AR Denarius
    Mint: Rome
    After 141 AD
    Obvs: DIVA FAVSTINA, Faustina right diademed
    Revs: AVGVSTA, Ceres holding staff and raising skirt
    18mm, 3.1g
    318 to 319 AD
    Mint: Thessalonica
    AE Follis
    Obvs: HELENA N F, bare head right, waved hair, mantled.
    Revs: Laurel wreath enclosing eight pointed star.
    17x18mm, 3.05g
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  5. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Julia Domna is fascinating, indeed, and I have dozens of coins with her portrait.

    I also find Faustina Junior very interesting, both historically and numismatically. Here are some of my favorite Faustina Junior coins.

    She had a lot of kids, which are celebrated on many coins:

    Faustina Jr FECVND AVGVSTAE denarius.jpg
    Faustina Jr FECVNDITAS Dupondius.jpg
    Faustina Jr SAECVLI FELICIT Denarius.jpg
    Faustina Jr TEMPOR FELIC Sestertius.jpg

    She appeared on coins as a teenaged girl, minted by her father, Antoninus Pius:

    Faustina Jr VENERI GENETRICI Sestertius.jpg
    Faustina Jr Hilaritas As.jpg

    And as a grown woman on coins issued by her husband, Marcus Aurelius:

    Faustina Jr VENVS FELIX denarius.jpg
    Faustina Jr IVNONI REGINAE sestertius jpeg.jpg

    She's on provincial issues galore!

    Faustina Jr Neapolis Tyche.jpg Faustina Jr Pautalia Athena.jpg
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  6. Gavin Richardson

    Gavin Richardson Well-Known Member

  7. green18

    green18 Sweet on Commemorative Coins Supporter

    Women? God save us.......except for Tiff. :)
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  8. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Great coins all!

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  9. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Not much is known about Aquilia Severa, but she's intriguing for being the Vestal Virgin whom Elagabalus decided to marry. The marriage, which the loony bin emperor intended as a representation of the union of the Syriac Sun god El-Gabal and the Roman goddess Vesta, did not last long... the conservative Romans were scandalized, and the emperor's grandmother Julia Maesa forced him to divorce his wife. After another short-lived marriage, he married her again.

    Aquilia Severa db_file_img_151545_1000x498.jpg AQUILIA SEVERA
    2nd and 4th wife of Elagabalus

    AR Denarius. 2.93g, 20mm. Rome mint, AD 220-222. RIC 226. O: IVLIA AQVILIA SEVERA AVG, draped bust right. R: CONCORDIA, Concordia standing left, holding patera and double cornucopiae; lit altar to left; star in right field.
  10. maridvnvm

    maridvnvm Well-Known Member

    I'll add a Julia Paula

    Julia Paula denarius

    Obv:– IVLIA PAVLA AVG, Bare, draped head right
    Rev:– CONCORDIA, Concordia seated left holding patera, elbow rests on arm of throne, star in left field.
    Minted in Rome.
    Reference:– RIC 211. RSC 6a.

  11. FitzNigel

    FitzNigel Medievalist Supporter

    The only empress I have is Caracalla's wife, Plautilla:

    Imperial Rome
    Plautilla, r. 202-205 A.D.
    Rome Mint, AR Denarius, 18.82 mm x 3.15 grams
    Obv.: PLAVTILLAE AVGVSTAE. Draped bust right, hair coiled in vertical ridges and fastened in bun on back
    Rev.: CONCORDIAE AETERNAE. Caracalla standing left, clasping hands with Plautilla standing right
    Ref.: RIC IV-1 Caracalla 361, p. 269
  12. maridvnvm

    maridvnvm Well-Known Member


    Obv:– SEVERINA AVG, Diademed and draped bust right on crescent
    Rev:– CONCOR-D MILIT, Concordia seated left holding patera and cornucopia
    Minted in Lugdunum (BL). End A.D. 274 to early A.D. 275
    Reference:– Bastien 2 (12). Cohen 5. RIC 1

  13. maridvnvm

    maridvnvm Well-Known Member

    Magnia Urbica

    A scarcer example of a scarcer lady.

    Obv:– MAGNIA VRBICA AVG, Draped bust right on crescent, hair brushed in straight lines, plait carried up the back to top of head and running under stephane
    Rev:– VENVS GENETRIX, Venus standing facing, head left, apple upward in right hand, vertical scepter in left
    Minted in Lugdunum (A in left field).
    RIC V pt. 2, 337 var (not listed from this officina). Bastien -, Bastien Supplement -, Bastien Supplement II 613α (2 examples cited)
    23mm, 3.16g

  14. gregarious

    gregarious E Pluribus Unum

    yeah TIF.. ancientcoinguru...pish... umm... prolly sum more here, you may have earned their scorn.. i'd keep that bag on for awhile:bag:...if i were you:eek:
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  15. gregarious

    gregarious E Pluribus Unum

    ..:singing:silver n gals... O silver n gals... that's a nice one, esp for a 1st. i find collecting the 7 hills gals a worthwhile endeavor:) Otacilia sest. new empress coins rocks 006.JPG fausta bronze 001.JPG faustina the elder 003.JPG epheus bee coin julia domna denarius 006.JPG stone walls Lucky Strike Flat Fifties tin Severina ant 010.JPG
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  16. rene hubert

    rene hubert New Member

    dear sir,
    i collect roman empresses for their just started a wonderful hobby!
    the most intriguing will be the vestal virgin,turned into the wife of elegabalus....
    kind regards. rene hubert Belgium
  17. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

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  18. Mikey Zee

    Mikey Zee Delenda Est Carthago

    Congrats on your first @Justin Lee !!! The 'Ladies' seem to be a bit neglected and so many can be purchased at very budget friendly prices.

    Super posts guys!!! For variety, I'll go a bit further back in time: budget examples of Antonia and Agrippina Senior:

    antonia.jpg Agrippina Senior sesterces.JPG
  19. Alegandron

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

    Fun thread:

    RI Alexandria Livia, w Augustus Diobol CE 1-2 Æ 23.5mm 7.46g. Rev. Athena holding Nike Sheild ex Dattari-Savio Pl. 3 60-this coin RPC pag. 692-5-this coin

    RI Julia Flavia Titi Diva 90-91 CE d-Titus concubine-uncleDomitian AE Sestert 33mm 20.4g - Carpentum mules SPQR - SC

    RI Paulina w Maximinus I D before CE 235 AE sestertius 30.77mm 19.66g 2nd emiss of Maximinus I CE 236 Peacock RIC IV 3

    RI Magnia Urbica 285 CE silvered Ant AE 23mm 3.4g cresent - Venus helmet scepter shield RIC 343
  20. Meander

    Meander Well-Known Member

    You're right about the hairstyles. It's interesting how elaborate they could be in those ancient times.

    Faustina Minor
    Faustina-sestertius.jpg Julia Domna
  21. gregarious

    gregarious E Pluribus Unum

    welcome rene, i feel you will fit right in:)
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