Julia Domna, struck under Caracalla
IVLIA PIA FELIX AVG, Bust of Julia, draped, right; hair waved in vertical waves, with six horizontal ridges, fastened in a large bun at back and queue on neck
DIANA LVCIFERA, Diana, draped, standing front, head left, holding long lighted torch, pointing slightly upward to left, in both hands
17.90mm, 2.4g, 1h
EF, fine style, obverse flan flaw
Julia Domna was the second wife of the Roman Emperor Septimius Severus and the mother of Emperors Geta and Caracalla. Unlike most Empresses, Julia travelled with her husband on military campaigns. She was well respected and credited for supporting Philosophy after Nero had previously banned it. She chose to commit suicide following the asssasination of her son Caracalla during a rebellion.