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Cornelia Supera – Wife of Aemilian

Sale: Triton XII, Lot: 739. Estimate $5000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 5 January 2009. 
Sold For $5000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Cornelia Supera. Augusta, AD 253. AR Antoninianus (3.08 g, 12h). Rome mint. Struck under Aemilian. C CORNEL SVPERA AVG, draped bust right, wearing stephane, set on crescent / VESTA, Vesta standing left, extending right hand, holding transverse scepter in left. RIC IV 30 (Aemilian); RSC 5; Hunter 1. VF, light porosity.

From the Gordon S. Parry Collection. Ex Sternberg XXVI (16 November 1992), lot 411.

Gaia Cornelia Supera was the wife of the usurper Aemilian. Like the wife of Gallienus, Julia Cornelia Salonina, Supera was descended from the illustrious gens Cornelia. Nothing else is known about her, apart from what can be gleaned from the coins struck in her name.