Reverse: Venus seated with Cupid

Obverse: Diademed Julia Mamaea

Collection: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Context: Rome
Material: Bronze
Denomination: Sestertius
Issuing Authority: Severus Alexander
Actual Weight: 22.96 g.
Die Axis: 12
Date: exact 224 AD
Dimensions: 31.5 mm.
Region: Latium
Period: Severan


Obverse Type: Within a dotted circle, Venus enthroned, in 3/4-view to the left. She holds a scepter in her left hand and on her right hand a Cupid (who himself holds a wreath in his left hand).

Donor: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III in the name of Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule

Commentary: Imperial sestertius

Sources Used: BMCRE VI, 133, no. 197, variable reverse