Sestertius with bust of Julia Soemias, struck under Elagabalus

Roman
Imperial Period
A.D. 218–222


Mint: Rome

Dimensions

Diameter: 32 mm. Weight: 21.34 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

68.467

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Draped bust of Julia Soemias wearing stephane right.
IVLIASOAE MIASAVG
Reverse: Venus seated left holding patera in right hand, scepter in left. Naked child stands before her.
VENVSCAELESTIS in exergue: SC

Provenance

By date unknown: Sir Charles Oman Collection; by 1968: with Christie, Manson & Woods, 8 King Street, St. James's, London, S.W. 1 (Christie's auction of the Oman collection, July 2, 1968, lot 181, partial); purchased on behalf of MFA at Christie's auction by A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., 1-11 John Adam Street, The Adelphi, London; purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., September 11, 1968

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour