Medallion with busts of Severus Alexander and Julia Mamaea

Roman
Imperial Period
about A.D. 230


Mint: Italy, Rome

Catalogue Raisonné

Roman Medallions (MFA, 1962, 1975), no. 053.

Dimensions

Diameter: 28 mm. Weight: 10.65 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

59.2

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Medallions

Obverse: Laureate, cuirassed and draped bust of Severus Alexander to right, facing diademed, draped bust of Julia Mamaea to left.
IMPSEVALEXANDAVGIVLIAMAMAEAAVG in exergue: MATER AVG
Reverse: Severus Alexander left, in curule chair, holding globe and book, crowned by Victory; Felicitas stands in front, and a woman (Mamaea?) appears at his right.
FELICI TASTEMPORVM

Provenance

By date unknown: Prince Waldeck Collection; by 1935: with Münzhandlung Basel, Aeschenvorstadt 37, Basel, Switzerland (Münzhandlung Basel auction 3 [Prince Waldeck Collection], March 4-5, 1935, lot 780); by date unknown: G. Mazzini Collection (Monete Imperiali Romane, vol. 3, p. 244, no. 8); by 1958: with Leu & Co.'s Bank Ltd, 32 rue de la Gare, Zurich, Switzerland; January 8, 1959: purchased by MFA from Leu & Co's Bank, Ltd.for $ 967.50 ( this is the total price for 59.2-59.4)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour