||IVLIA AQVILIA SEVERA,
the daughter of Quintus Aquilius, a former consul under Cararacalla,
was married to Elagabalus in the early part of 221 A.D. The fact that
she was a Vestal Virgin caused great outrage among the Roman populace.
Elagabalus was soon forced to divorce her and marry the more reputable
Annia Faustina instead, but that marriage was even shorter lived, and
he stubbornly returned to Aquilia Severa. She remained his consort
until his assasination in March, 222 A.D. History does not record
Aquilia's final fate, but it is doubtful that she was allowed to live.
(Contributed by Jan de Veen)
Denarius (19x21mm, 3.31gr), Struck 221 A.D. in Rome
Obv: IVLIA AQVILIA SEVERA AVG Draped bust right
Rev: CONCORDIA Concordia standing half-left, sacrificing out of patera over lighted altar and holding double cornucopiae; star in field high left.
RIC 225 (Elagabalus), RSC 2a, Sear 7679 var.
Bob Rinaldi Collection