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193 NGC Ch AU Julia Domna Denarius Roman Empire Venus Apple (21020702C)

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  • 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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