Empress Julia Domna Roman Empire silver denarius coin.
Minted at Rome between 193 to 196 CE during the reign of her husband Emperor Septimius Severus.
Appealing youthful portrait and unusually fine style for Venus.
Approx. 18mm, 3.63g (heavy flan), RIC 536, RSC 193.
Certified by NGC to Ch AU, lightly toned with considerable luster, beautiful in hand.
Obverse: JULIA DOMNA AVG, draped bust right with hair braided in waves and tucked into a large chignon.
Reverse: VENERI VICTR, Venus viewed from the back, nude to the waist standing right holding apple and palm, resting left elbow on column.
Venus Victrix, Venus the Victorious, a Romanised aspect of the armed Aphrodite that Greeks had inherited from the East, where the goddess Ishtar remained a goddess of war, and Venus could bring victory to a Emperor. This likely alludes to the hoped for victory in the civil wars then being waged with Pescennius Niger and then Clodius Albinus.
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