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Sale: CNG 61, Lot: 1935. Estimate $1000. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 25 September 2002. 
Sold For $1900. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

JULIA DOMNA, wife of Septimius Severus. AR Denarius (3.07 gm). Laodicea mint. IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bust left / VENV-S FELIX, Venus standing left holding apple and sceptre. RIC -; BMCRE -; RSC -. Unpublished. VF. Extremely rare. ($1000)

From the Marc Melcher Collection. Ex Classical Numismatic Group Auction 51 (15 September 1999), lot 1355.

This is only the 4th auction appearance of a bust left Julia Domna denarius, the first being Giessener Münzhandlung Auction 33, lot 442 and the second appearing in CNG 42, lot 996. One, possibly two, other pieces are traceable to a private collection, all with the same reverse type.