This is an ancient Roman silver denarius, of empress Julia Domna the wife of Emperor Septimius Severus, mother to her sons Emperors Caracalla and Geta. This coin was minted at Rome in 208 AD.
Obverse: IVLIA AVGVSTA, "Julia [Flavia] the venerable" Bareheaded bust right, draped
Reverse: HILARITAS, "Joy" Hilaritas standing left with palm & cornucopiae, children to either side of her.
A wonderful coin with a superb portrait and of a nice subject! EF condition
DATE: 190 - 217 AD (this coin minted in 208 AD)
SIZE: 18.6mm dia
WEIGHT: 3.28 grams
ATTRIBUTION: RIC IVi, 557, page 168 - Cohen 79 - SEAR RCV II (2002), #6587, page 493
PROVENANCE: Private collection. Cologne, Germany.
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