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Sale: Triton V, Lot: 2044. Estimate $1000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 16 January 2002. 
Sold For $625. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

DIVA PAULINA, wife of Maximinus I. 235-238 AD. AR Denarius (2.73 gm). DIVA PAVLINA, veiled and draped bust right / CONSECRATIO, Paulina, holding sceptre and raising hand, seated left on peacock flying right to heaven. RIC IV 2; BMCRE 127 (Maximinus); Alram 38-3; RSC 2. EF. ($1000)

Although her name is not mentioned by any of the ancient writers, the numismatic evidence is quite sufficient to prove that Paulina was the wife of Maximinus I (235-238 AD) and probably the mother of the Caesar Maximus. A provincial bronze issue from the Cilician mint of Anazarbus actually bears a date corresponding to the year 235/236 AD. Like her Roman issues, the Anazarbus coin is posthumous, but it does accord her the imperial title of Augusta suggesting that she was still alive at the time of her husband's accession but died shortly afterward. The single surviving stone inscription in which she is mentioned (CIL x. 5054) gives a fuller version of her name and titles, Diva Caecilia Paulina Pia Augusta.