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Julia Maesa (165 AD – 224 AD) c 220-1 AD
Denarius, Grandmother of Elagabalus and Severus Alexander.
Julia Maesa was grandmother of both the Roman emperors Elagabalus and Alexander Severus and was among the most important women to exercise power behind the throne in the Roman Empire. After the murder of her nephew Caracalla and the suicide of Julia Domna the new emperor Macrinus sent her to Syria. Maesa’s plot to overthrow Macrinus succeeded placing her grandson by Julia Soaemias Elagabalus as emperor. After Elagabalus and Julia Soaemias were assassinated by the Praetorians she facilitated the asencion of Alexander Severus her grandson by her other daughter Julia Mamaea. Julia Maesa died in 226 and like her sister Domna was deified. Obverse Julia Maesa IVLIA MAESA AVG. Reverse SAECVLI FELICITAS Felicitas holding long caduceus is sacrificing at an altar with a star in front of her.
Mint: Rome
Provenance: Private acquisition *

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