This is an ancient Roman silver denarius, of empress Julia Maesa, grandmother to emperors Elagabalus and Severus Alexander, elder sister of empress Julia Domna. This coin was minted in Rome between 220 - 222 AD.
Obverse: IVLIA MAESA AVG, "Empress Julia Maesa" Bust of Julia Maesa, diademed, hair waved and turned up low at the back, draped, right.
Reverse: SAECVLI FELICITAS, "Perpetual Blessedness of the Age" Felicitas standing left with a long caduceus, sacrificing out of patera over lighted altar, star right.
DATE: 218 - 223 AD (this coin minted in 220 - 222 AD)
SIZE: 19mm dia
WEIGHT: 3.37 grams
ATTRIBUTION: (RCV 2000 Edition) Number 7757 RIC 271, RSC 45, BMC 79
PROVENANCE: Private collection. Cologne, Germany.
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