Coins and Medals
Honorand: Julia Domna, wife of Septimius Severus, A.D. 170–217
Ruler: Septimius Severus, Emperor of Rome A.D. 193–211
Mint: Rome

Sestertius of Julia Domna

A.D. 209–11

Orichalcum

24.06 gm, 12:00, 32.7 mm
Ruth Elizabeth White Fund with the assistance of Ben Lee Damsky
2007.183.82

Julia Domna hailed from Emisa in Syria, and was the wife of Septimius Severus, himself a North African. She was the mother of the emperors Caracalla (A.D. 186–217, ruled jointly from 197 and solely from 211) and Geta (A.D. 189–211, ruled jointly from 209). Geta’s dates help establish the chronology of the coin, for the lavishing of the title Mother of the Augusti can only apply from 209–11; earlier, she had been styled Mother of the Senate and Mother of the Fatherland, both titles never before used.

Geography: 
Made in Rome, Italy
Culture: 
Roman
Period: 
3rd Century
Classification: 
Coins and medals
Status: 
On view
Bibliography: 

“Acquisitions, July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008,” Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2008): 192.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.

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