Wife of Septimius Severus and mother of Caracalla and Geta

AVGVSTA: A.D. 194-217

  IVLIA DOMNA was born around 170 A.D. as the younger of two daughters to Julius Bassianus, priest of the sun god Heliogabalus, the patron god of Emesa in the Roman province of Syria. Destined to greatness from birth because of a prophecy, she became one of the most influential women of the Roman Imperial period after her marriage to the later Emperor Septimius Severus in 188 A.D.
When her husband had consolidated his power around 195 A.D., Domna became the power behind the throne, holding this position for more than 20 years. While exercising great political and cultural influence at the Severan court, one of her main concerns was to try and reconcile her squabbling sons Caracalla and Geta. But in the end she failed in this quest and Geta was murdered in her presence by Caracalla's guards in late 211. Julia remained a powerful force and became even more influential during the sole reign of her surviving son. When Caracalla was assassinated during a campaign against the Parthians on April 8, 217, Domna, who had returned to her native Antioch, initially tried to plot the overthrow of the new Emperor Macrinus, but when her military situation became unsustainable she committed suicide.
(Contributed by Jan de Veen).

The Denarii

Silver Denarius (19x21mm, 3.36gr), Struck A.D. 200 in Rome

Obv: IVLIA AVGVSTA Draped bust right

Rev: CERERI FRVGIF Ceres seated left, holding grain-ears and long torch.

RIC 546 (Severus), RSC 14, CSS 424, Sear 6576
Bob Rinaldi Collection

Silver Denarius (18mm, 2.9gr), Struck A.D. 202 in Rome

Obv: IVLIA AVGVSTA Draped bust right

Rev: HILARITAS Hilaritas standing left, long palm in right hand, scepter in left.

RIC 555 (Severus), RSC 76, CSS 563, Sear 6585
Chris Storck Collection
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Silver Denarius (18mm, 2.78gr), Struck A.D. 204 in Rome

Obv: IVLIA AVGVSTA Draped bust right

Rev: PIETAS AVGG Pietas, veiled, standing left, dropping incense on altar, holding box.

RIC 572 (Severus), RSC 150, CSS 660, Sear 6600
Kevin Ingleston Collection

Silver Denarius (18mm, 3.22gr), Struck A.D. 216 in Rome

Obv: IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG Draped bust right

Rev: VENVS GENETRIX Venus enthroned left, right hand extended, holding scepter in left hand.

RIC 388c (Caracalla), RSC 212, CSS 1536, Sear 7106
Jan de Veen Collection

The Sestertii  

Orichalcum Sestertius (33mm, 23.62gr), Struck A.D. 211 in Rome

Obv: IVLIA AVGVSTA Draped bust right

Rev: IVNONI LVCINAE, S C Juno enthroned left holding flower and child.

RIC 857 (Severus), CSS 1173, Sear 6627
Mark Lehman Collection