Empress Julia Domna Roman Empire silver denarius coin.
Minted at Rome between 196 to 211 CE during the reign of her husband Emperor Septimius Severus.
Somewhat youthful portrait of the Empress.
Approx. 17mm, 3.16g, RIC 580 (rated as Scarce), RSC 198.
Certified by NGC to XF.
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 drawing drapery from her shoulder.
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.