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Julia Paula Denarius

Julia Paula Denarius, wife (the first of three) of Elagabalus (Emperor AD 218-222), struck at Rome AD 219, RIC 211, RSC 6,  3.07 gms, Obverse:  draped bust of Julia Paula facing right, with her hair elaborately styled and made all the more fashionable by a braid up the back of her head, IVLIA PAVLA AVG, Reverse:  Concordia seated left, holding a patera in her outstretched right hand, a star in the coin’s left field, CONCORDIA, a very lustrous coin with nothing short of a wonderful and beautiful portrait in high relief of Julia Paula, a very detailed Concordia on the reverse, and full and clear legends on both sides, a gorgeous coin graded Near Mint State by the numismatist/dealer from whom I purchased it, and Julia’s portrait on this coin is the most fetching and downright cutest I’ve ever seen of her with its chubby cheeked sweetness,  and her coiffure with the braid taken up the back of that pretty head is rare from my researches, a real beauty of a coin of this first wife of Elagabalus who married him in mid-219 and found herself divorced and bereft of her status by late 220.  We can only hope that her life was spared.  Perhaps it was, because Elagabalus was shortly remarried to his second lucky bride.  A sharp and very detailed coin indeed.  Asking price:  $785 includes priority shipping and insurance in the U.S., registered to other countries (see shipping information page)

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Julia Paula Denarius

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