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 in Rome around 210 AD.
Obverse: IVLIA AVGVSTA, "Julia [Flavia] the venerable" Bust of Julia Domna, hair elaborately waved in ridges and turned up low at the back, draped, right.
Reverse: VENVS VICTRIX, "Venus Victorious" Venus, naked to waist, standing left, holding helmet (of her lover Mars) in extended right hand and palm sloped over left shoulder in left hand, resting left elbow on column; at feet, left, shield.
A wonderful subject for a coin of this empress with a nice portrait, toned and grades around VF+ / VF-EF but sadly has a striking flan crack but stable.
DATE: 190 - 217 AD (this coin minted in 210 AD)
SIZE: 18.7mm dia
WEIGHT: 3 grams
ATTRIBUTION: RCV (2002) 6610; RIC IV 581; BMCRE V p.168, 90. BW Ref: 006 027 030
PROVENANCE: Private collection. Cologne, Germany.
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