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John B McNamara Jewelry

CPR166 - BEAUTIFUL ROMAN EMPRESS JULIAN DOMNA WITH GORGEOUS ANCIENT HAIR STYLE COIN PENDANT

$533.57

CPR166 - BEAUTIFUL ROMAN EMPRESS JULIAN DOMNA WITH GORGEOUS ANCIENT HAIR STYLE COIN PENDANT

$533.57
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CPR166
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Product Description

SETTING
14K YELLOW GOLD
COIN 
DENARIUS
COIN AGE
203 A.D.
TOTAL SIZE
.60" diameter overall

INCLUDES GIFT BOX
Actual Item - One Only

COMES WITH CERTIFICATE OF
AUTHENTICITY / HISTORY SHEET

ADD A GOLD CHAIN

This is a stunning authentic Roman silver denarius coin pendant featuring the Empress Julia Domna.  The pendant is made of high polished 14 karat yellow gold.  The Empress is shown in her earlier years with her signature hair style.  This example offers a wonderful subject coin to be used in jewelry.  The obverse mounted outward shows a young Julia Domna in the historical 'prime' of her life.  The reverse shows the Roman goddess of VICTORY holding a victory laurel wreath and staff.  The rich luster of the silver denarius coin contrasts well with the warm 14KY gold and makes for an unforgettable piece of jewelry.

Julia Domna was one of the most powerful people in the Roman Empire during the period from A.D. 193 to 217.  While her emperor husband, Septimius Severus, was fighting rivals, pursuing rebels, and subduing revolts in the far corners of the empire, Julia Domna was left to administer the vast Roman Empire.  She proved to be an able administrator, playing one powerful general or senator against another, while keeping herself from falling into the many traps set by political enemies at court.  Septimius often sought her advice, as did Caracalla when he ascended the throne after his brother's murder.  She was also a patron of the arts and invited the most brilliant philosophers, writers, and other artists in the Roman world to grace her court and keep learning and culture alive in a world that was destined to fall onto chaos within less than a generation.

Julia was a woman who was accustomed to power, but this came to an end after the murder of her son Caracalla in A.D. 217.  Hers had also been a life filled with many sorrows.  Caracalla had murdered his brother Geta in her private apartments even as the younger son sought protection in Julia's arms.  After Macrinus had murdered Caracalla and seized the throne, he sent her away from Antioch after it was reported that Julia was inciting troops to rebel against him.  At this time, she was believed to be about fifty years old and was suffering from a painful illness, probably cancer of the breast.  Rather than face exile and the humiliation of being reduced to the status of a private citizen, she elected to commit suicide by starving herself.

Even at this later date when the finest of numismatic art belonged to the past, the portraits on her coins accurately depicted her face.  On the coins from early in the reign of her husband, we see the face of a strong young woman, but we see a cynical face hardened and lined with age in her later portraits.

This coin of Julia Domna in her youth depicts a beautiful and powerful Julia, minted at what was, most likely, the happiest days of her life.  No coin could offer finer detail and preservation as this example.  Virtually UNCIRCULATED!!!  HIGHLY RECOMMENDED with detail and relief rivaling any of the finest possible numismatic specimens of Imperial Rome!

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