Sestertius of Septimius Severus, Emperor of Rome from Rome Mint: Rome
Honorand: Julia Domna, Empress of Rome, A.D. 160–217
Ruler: Septimius Severus, Emperor of Rome, A.D. 146–211, ruled 193–211



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.




24.06 g, 12:00, 32.7 mm

Credit Line

Ruth Elizabeth White Fund with the assistance of Ben Lee Damsky

Accession Number



3rd century


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Obverse Description

Obverse Description: IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG Draped bust of Julia Domna, right.

Reverse Description

Reverse Description: MAT AVGG MAT SEN M PATR; SC in exergue. Julia, in the guise of Pax, seated left on ornamented throne holding olive branch and transverse scepter


NFA, Los Angeles, November 29, 1984, cat. 14, lot 479. Credit Suisse, Zurich, April 27–9, 1987, cat. 7, lot 906; Ben Lee Damsky, 1987–2007; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  • Lisa R. Brody and Gail Hoffman, eds., Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire (Chestnut Hill, Mass.: McMullen Museum of Art, 2014), 284, plate 86
  • "Acquisitions, July 1, 2007–June 30, 2008," in "Recent Acquisitions," special issue, Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin (2008), 192
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coins, money, sestertii

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