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230, Lot: 340. Estimate $150.
Sold for $160. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Julia Domna. Augusta, AD 193-217. AR Antoninianus (22mm, 4.48 g, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 215-217. Draped bust right, wearing stephane, set on crescent / Luna, with fold of drapery floating around and above head, driving biga of horses left. RIC IV 379a (Caracalla); RSC 106a. VF, lightly toned, some light cleaning scratches.


Julia Domna was associated with Luna Lucifera, “the light-bearing Moon”, while Septimius Severus associated himself with Sol, god of the Sun. The concept of identifying themselves with Sun and Moon speaks of the eternal nature of the imperial house.