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Sale: Nomos 7, Lot: 181. Estimate CHF600. 
Closing Date: Tuesday, 14 May 2013. 
Sold For CHF600. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Julia Maesa. Augusta, AD 218-224/5. Denarius (Silver, 3.35 g 7), Rome, 220-222. IVLIA MAESA AVG Draped bust of Julia Maesa to right, her hair bound in a bun at the back. Rev. SAECVLI FELICITAS Felicitas standing facing, her head to left, holding patera over burning altar in her right hand and long caduceus in her left; to right, star of eight rays. BMC 79. Cohen 45. RIC 271. Lustrous and of exceptional quality. Virtually as struck.

Julia Maesa was the older sister of the empress Julia Domna. After Caracalla’s murder and her sister’s suicide, Maesa became the head of the family and managed to engineer Macrinus’ overthrown and the accession of her older grandson Elagabalus. When he proved too irrational, Maesa managed to promote her other grandson. Alexander Severus, to the position of Caesar and then encouraged the Praetorians to murder Elagabalus and his mother Soaemias. She lived on well into Alexander’s reign and was deified after her death in 226.