Roman Empresses

Roman Empresses

With Octavia, the sister of the first emperor Augustus, begins the series of mintmistresses of Rome. As the first female Roman, she received the privilege of coinage with her portrait - as a gift from her brother to her wedding with Marc Antony. A series of cistophores from Ephesus in Asia Minor shows the bust of the bride on the reverse. Agrippina Minor, the wife of Claudius and the mother of Nero, was the first to have unrestricted coinage and coined aureii and denarii not only with their name and portrait, but also with her title: Augusta. Most empresses of the early Imperial era, however, coined bronze coins.


The Augustae of the 2nd and early 3rd cent. turn out to be self- and power-conscious coin mistresses compared to their predecessors. Thus, Faustina Minor, the wife of Marcus Aurelius, already had the right to mint coins when her husband was not even an emperor. And the ladies of the Severan dynasty - especially Iulia Domna, Iulia Soaemias and Iulia Maesa - left behind a rich coinage, which announces the imperial authority and the elite sense of ethos of their minting mistresses. And that although at least Soemias and Maesa were never empresses in the narrower sense (meaning wives of emperors).


In late antiquity, fewer coins are made with a portrait of the noble ladies, probably because they were not of noble origin. They did "only" reach the throne by the military skill of their spouses. The women of the soldier emperors - like Salonina, the wife of Gallienus - appear mostly on antoniniani with their portrait in a crescent moon. After Constantine the Great regains control of the Roman Empire, the women of the imperial family, like Helena, the mother of Constantine, or Aelia Flacilla, the wife of Theodosius I, appear mostly on the small bronze folles. But their portraits also adorn the front of the new currency: the golden solidus.


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Roman Empire, Faustina I, +141, AR Denar

Obv.Drap. bust r.

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Roman Empire, Faustina II, +175, AR Denarius

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Roman Empire, Julia Domna, +218, AR Denarius

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Roman Empire, Julia Mamaea, +235, AR Denarius

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Product no.: 9870064

Roman Empire, Otacilia Severa, +249, AR Antoninianus

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Product no.: 302031

Roman Empire, Herennia Cupressenia Etruscilla, +251, AR Antoninianus

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Product no.: 9870030

Roman Empire, Salonina, +268, AR Antoninianus

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Roman Empire, Helena, +330, AE Follis

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59.00 *

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Product no.: 58947

Roman Empire, Julia Soaemias, +222, AR Denarius

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Rev.Venus Caelestis with apple and sceptre, besides star

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Product no.: 396656

Roman Empire, Antonia, +39 AD, AE Dupondius (41-54)

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Rev.Claudius standing l. with simpulum

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Product no.: 314439

Roman Empire, Julia Domna, 170-217, AR Denarius, 196-211, Rome

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Rv.Hilaritas standing l., holding long palm and sceptre

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Product no.: 388785

Roman Empire, Faustina I, +141, AR Denarius

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Rv.Aeternitas standing l., holding globe

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Product no.: 279315

Roman Empire, Faustina I, +141, AE As

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Rv.Big altar with door in front, on top flame

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Römisches Reich, Faustina I., +141, AE Sesterz

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Rv.Standing Juno l. with sceptre and patera

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Product no.: 404071

Roman Empire, Julia Paula, 219-220, AE Sestertius (218/220)

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Rev.Concordia with cornucopiae and patera seated l.

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Product no.: 390470

Roman Empire, Fausta, 307-326, AE Follis (326)

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Rev. Spes with two children in arms

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Product no.: 383236

Roman Empire, Julia Domna, 170-217, AR Denarius, 211, Rome

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Rv.Seated Julia Domna l.

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Product no.: 2011

Roman Empire, Sabina, +137, AR Denarius (134)

Obv.Drap. bust with diadem

Rev.Concordia standing l., leaning on column

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Roman Empire, Crispina, +183, AR Denarius (180)

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Rev.Hilaritas standing l., holding long palm and cornucopiae

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Product no.: 383180

Roman Empire, Julia Soaemias, +222, AR Denarius

Barbaric imitation

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Rev.Vesta enthroned l.

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