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196 NGC ChVF Julia Domna Denarius Roman Empire Happy Venus Felix Laodicea (22030701C)

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  • Empress Julia Domna Roman Empire silver denarius coin.
  • Minted at Laodicea between 196 to 202 CE during the reign of her husband Emperor Septimius Severus.
  • Approx. 17 x 20mm, 2.72g, RIC 646 (rated as Scarce), RSC 197. 
  • Certified by NGC to Ch VF.
  • Pedigree: Ex. Harlan Berk sale.
  • Obverse: JULIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right with hair braided in waves and tucked into a large chignon.
  • Reverse: VENVS FELIX, Venus standing front, head left, holding apple and scepter.
  • Venus was the goddess of love, sex, beauty, and fertility. She was the Roman counterpart to the Greek Aphrodite. However, Roman Venus had many abilities beyond the Greek Aphrodite; she was a goddess of victory, fertility, and even prostitution. The use of "FELIX" denotes a happy or lucky Venus.