Empress Julia Domna Roman Empire silver denarius coin.
Minted at Rome between 211 to 217 CE during the reign of her son Emperor Caracalla.
Appealing mature portrait and unusually fine style for Diana during this period.
Approx. 18mm, 3.36g, RIC C373a, RSC 32.
Certified by NGC to Ch AU, colorfully toned with considerable underlying luster, beautiful in hand.
Pedigree: Ex. CNA V, Dec 1988, Lot 419 (includes auction ticket).
Obverse: JULIA PIA FELIX AVG, draped bust right with hair braided in waves and tucked into a large chignon.
Reverse: DIANA LVCIFERA, Diana standing left holding torch in both hands.
Diana represented one of the most complex figures in Roman mythology, juxtaposing ideas of remoteness, chastity, and protection with themes of hunting, fertility, and the propagation of lineages. She was especially important to women and to the lower classes, whom she was believed to protect. The context here may allude to the continuation of the Severan Dynasty.