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526725
526725. SOLD $1500

Julia Maesa. Augusta, AD 218-224/5. Æ Sestertius (30mm, 22.67 g, 12h). Rome mint. Struck under Elagabalus, AD 218-220. Draped bust right, wearing stephane / Pudicitia seated left, raising hand, as if to draw veil, and holding scepter. RIC IV 417; Thirion 415; Banti 7. Glossy green and brown patina, some smoothing. Good VF. Outstanding portrait.


While Rome had seen powerful women before, none could compare in authority to Julia Maesa, who has rightly been called the first female Caesar. This remarkable sestertius portrait conveys her forceful personality, who reestablished the Severan dynasty on the throne and guided it through several crises.