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Sale: Nomos 7, Lot: 180. Estimate CHF300. 
Closing Date: Tuesday, 14 May 2013. 
Sold For CHF325. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Julia Soaemias. Augusta, AD 218-222. Denarius (Silver, 3.21 g 12), Rome. IVLIA SOAEMIAS AVGVSTA Draped bust of Julia Soaemias to right. Rev. IVNO REGINA Juno, veiled, standing right, holding long scepter in her left hand and palladium on her extended right. BMC 40. Cohen 3. RIC 237. A fine piece with a good portrait. Extremely fine.


Julia Soaemias was the daughter of Julia Maesa and the mother of Elagabalus; during his reign Soaemias was the effective the ruler and she allowed, and probably approved of, his increasingly bizarre behavior. Because of his excesses both he and his mother became ever more unpopular; they were finally murdered by the Praetorians on 11 March 222.