Elagabalus

Julia Maesa ? – 223 A.D

  Grandmother of Elagabalus and Severus Alexander.   AR Antoninianus RIC 264 (Elagabalus) Antoninianus Obv: IVLIAMAESAAVG - Diademed, draped bust right on crescent. Rev: PIETASAVG - Pietas standing left, sacrificing over altar and holding incense box. AR Denarius RIC 249 (Elagabalus), C 8 Denarius Obv: IVLIAMAESAAVG - Draped bust right. Rev: FECVNDITASAVG - Fecunditas standing left, raising hand over child and cornucopia. 218-222 (Rome). RIC 249v (Elagabalus), C 8 Denarius Obv: IVLIAMAESAAVG - Draped bust right. Rev: FECVNDITASAVG - Fecunditas seated left,...

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Julia Paula ? A.D.

First wife of Elagabalus.   AR Denarius RIC 211 (Elagabalus), S 7655 Denarius Obv: IVLIAPAVLAAVG - Draped bust right. Rev: CONCORDIA - Concordia seated left, holding patera; star in left field. 219-220 (Rome). RIC 214 (Elagabalus), BMC 318 (Elagabalus) Denarius Obv: IVLIAPAVLAAVG - Draped bust right. Rev: CONCORDIA - Julia Paula standing left on right, shaking hands with Elagabalus to left. RIC 216 (Elagabalus), C 16a Denarius Obv: IVLIAPAVLAAVG - Draped bust right. Rev: CONCORDIAAVGG - Concordia seated left, holding patera and two cornucopiae. RIC 222 (Elagabalus),...

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Elagabalus 218 – 222 A.D.

This teenager's big break came directly as a result of the revolt his grandmother, Julia Maesa, instigated against Macrinus. Claiming that Elagabalus was the son of Caracalla, (Julia Maesa was Julia Domna's sister, Caracalla's mother) the army was induced to revolt against Macrinus and restore the supposed dynasty. Macrinus was ill-prepared for the sudden revolt and still in the early stages of recovering from the heavy hand of Caracalla's rule. Finding only lukewarm support from within his own legions, Macrinus was defeated by the upstart in battle. Elagabalus and his puppeteers were able to restore...

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Julia Aquilia Severa ? A.D.

Aquilia was Elagabalus's second wife, having married her in the summer of 220. He divorced her shortly afterwards and immediately married Annia Faustina only to divorce her, too, just a few weeks later. He finally remarried Aquilia and stayed married to her until he was murdered a couple of years later but she never bore him children. Coins bearing her name and portrait are relatively rare. AR Denarius RIC 225 (Elagabalus), S 2158 Denarius Obv: IVLIAAQVILIASEVERAAVG - Dressed bust right. Rev: CONCORDIA - Concordia standing left, holding double cornucopia and patera. Altar at her feet. Star...

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Annia Faustina ? A.D

Third wife of Elagabalus and great-granddaughter of Marcus Aurelius. Her brief marriage to Elagabalus accounts for the extreme rarity of coins bearing her name. It is unclear when she died and under what circumstances as the divorce, although no fault of her own, sent her into obscurity, if not a worse fate. AE Sestertius RIC 399 (Elagabalus), C 2 Sestertius Obv: ANNIAFAVSTINAAVGVSTA - Draped bust right. Rev: CONCORDIA - Elagabalus and Faustina holding hands. $9,537 11/20/00.  

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