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10900682
CNG 109, Lot: 682. Estimate $500.
Sold for $575. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Julia Domna. Augusta, AD 193-217. AR Antoninianus (22mm, 5.38 g, 7h). Rome mint. Struck under Caracalla, AD 215-217. Draped bust right, wearing stephane, set on crescent / Luna, with fold of drapery floating around and above head, driving biga of horses left. RIC IV 379a (Caracalla); RSC 106. EF, lightly toned.


From the Douglas O. Rosenberg Collection, purchased from Freeman & Sear, 2010.

Julia Domna was associated with Luna Lucifera, “the light-bearing Moon”, while Septimius Severus associated himself with Sol, god of the Sun. The concept of identifying themselves with Sun and Moon speaks of the eternal nature of the imperial house.