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IVLIA MAMAEA AVGVSTA - Draped bust of Julia Mamaea right /

FELICITAS PVBLICA S C - Felicitas standing facing, head left, legs crossed, holding caduceus in right hand and resting left arm on column

Sestertius, Rome, 228 A.D.

30 mm / 21,72 mm

RIC 676, BMCRE 487, Sear 8228, Banti 7 (64 specimens)

My fourth Sestertius of this rather unpopular empress is the first one I am totally satisfied with. 

Please show your Sestertii of Julia Mamaea!

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My only Mamaea sestertius is no match for the above examples but 1. I liked the portrait 2. I liked the color of the coin (a lot) 3. I liked the price of the coin (even more)

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Julia Mamaea. Augusta AD 222-235. Rome

Sestertius Æ

30 mm, 19,80 g

Obv: IVLIA MAMAEA AVGVSTA, bust of Julia Mamaea, diademed, draped, right  / VENERI FELICI SC, Venus, draped, standing right, holding sceptre in right hand and Cupid in left hand

RIC IV Severus Alexander 694; RCV II 8232; BMCRE 190

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38 minutes ago, Julius Germanicus said:

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IVLIA MAMAEA AVGVSTA - Draped bust of Julia Mamaea right /

FELICITAS PVBLICA S C - Felicitas standing facing, head left, legs crossed, holding caduceus in right hand and resting left arm on column

Sestertius, Rome, 228 A.D.

30 mm / 21,72 mm

RIC 676, BMCRE 487, Sear 8228, Banti 7 (64 specimens)

My fourth Sestertius of this rather unpopular empress is the first one I am totally satisfied with. 

Please show your Sestertii of Julia Mamaea!

Julia was rather loose sexually 😏.

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Very nice new pickup!  Here’s my Mamaea sestertius…I always liked the relaxed-looking Felicitas on the reverse.


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Julia Mamaea, AE Sestertius (30mm., 20.27g.), Draped bust r., wearing stephane./ Rev. Felicitas standing l., holding caduceus and leaning on column. RIC 676.

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Lots of great Mamaea portraits in this thread, including the OP!  I remember thinking you needed to upgrade that one, @Julius Germanicus; this new one really does fit very with the rest of your great Tiber patina sestertii. 🙂

Shockingly and shamefully (given my avatar Numisforums handle) I don't have a Mamaea sestertius! 😳 Instead I'll drop in a newish photo of one of my denarii which shares the OP reverse type:

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I agree with @Shea19 that the relaxed Felicitas on this type is quite appealing.

@Al Kowsky, is your comment about Mamaea's sexual inclinations because of Caracalla's alleged paternity of Severus Alexander?  The dynasty spread that rumour to make SA more acceptable to the soldiery; it was almost certainly untrue though!  (Note that the same rumour was spread about Elagabalus.)

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She's a bit dizzy on this one, perhaps a bit too much drink.

Julia Mamaea as Augusta, mother of Severus Alexander, AD 222-235. Æ Sestertius (30mm, 16.65g, 1h). Rome mint. Obv: IVLIA MAMAEA AVGVSTA; Diademed and draped bust right. Rev: VESTA; Vesta, veiled, standing left, holding palladium and scepter; S-C across fields. Ref: RIC 708; Cohen 83. Good Fine, nice dark patina, slightly double struck.

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My Mamaea Sestertius is quite worn, but I like the reddish color.

 

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Julia Mamaea
Æ-Sestertius, Rome Mint
Obv.: IVLIA MAMAEA AVGVSTA, draped bust right.
Rev. FELICITAS PVBLICA / S - C, Felicitas standing left, legs crossed, holding caduceus and leaning on column.
AE, 17.78g, 28.6mm
Ref.: RIC 676, C21

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10 hours ago, Severus Alexander said:

Lots of great Mamaea portraits in this thread, including the OP!  I remember thinking you needed to upgrade that one, @Julius Germanicus; this new one really does fit very with the rest of your great Tiber patina sestertii. 🙂

Shockingly and shamefully (given my avatar Numisforums handle) I don't have a Mamaea sestertius! 😳 Instead I'll drop in a newish photo of one of my denarii which shares the OP reverse type:

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I agree with @Shea19 that the relaxed Felicitas on this type is quite appealing.

@Al Kowsky, is your comment about Mamaea's sexual inclinations because of Caracalla's alleged paternity of Severus Alexander?  The dynasty spread that rumour to make SA more acceptable to the soldiery; it was almost certainly untrue though!  (Note that the same rumour was spread about Elagabalus.)

S.A., You're right, I did give that rumor serious consideration 😉. No doubt she did spread that rumor under the guidance of Julia Mesa in her quest for power. That rumor also acted as an advertisement among the Roman elite. "Where there is smoke there is fire."

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Here are my other two Sestertii of Julia Mamaea:

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IVLIA MAMAEA AVGVSTA - draped bust right, wavy hair with stephane /
VENERI FELICI S C - Venus standing right, holding long sceptre in right hand and winged and naked cupid in left
Sestertius, Rome AD 224
30 mm / 17,85 g
RIC 694, BMCRE 190, Sear 8232, Banti 16 (43 Specimens)

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IVLIA MAMAEA AVGVSTA - Draped bust right, diademed, hair weaved in rows and tucked at base of head
IVNO CONSERVATRIX S C - Juno, diademed and veiled, standing left, patera in right hand, scepter in left, peacock at feet at left
Sestertius, Rome 222 aD
30 mm / 24 gr
RIC 686, BMCRE 51, plate 2, 51 (same obverse die), Banti 11 (2 Specimens)

This is a very rare coin: all known specimens seem to share the same obverse die, while I could find no other example with the peacock facing right.

IVNO CONSERVATRIX was the very first reverse type of Julia Mamaea, introducing the mother of the new Augustus Severus Alexander and promoting the continuity of the Severan regime after the murder of both Elagabalus and his mother Julia Soaemias on March 11, AD 222. It presents the sister and companion of Jupiter as protector of Mamaea´s life during the pretorian guard´s revolt that had actually been her own plan. Mamaea´s portrait at this point still very much resembles that of her elder sister Julia Soaemias with her long neck and slim face.
 

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