Aquilia Severa, Vestal Virgin wife of Elagabalus (218-222 AD).Tetradrachme of Roman Egypt

Ancient Coins - Aquilia Severa, Vestal Virgin wife of Elagabalus (218-222 AD).Tetradrachme of Roman Egypt
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Aquilia Severa,� 2nd and 4th wife of Elagabalus (218-222 AD)
Billon Tetradrachme (8.37 gm ; 22 mm)
Alexandria, Egypt. Regnal Yr 5� (221-222 AD)

� After repudiating his first wife (Julia Paula), Elagabalus took Julia Aquilia Severa, a Vestal Virgin as his 2nd wife. Since Vestals were under a solemn vow of chastity, this marriage so outraged the public that he was forced to take the older and more respectable Annia Faustina (a descendant of Marcus Aurelius) as his 3rd wife. Elagabalus soon grew weary of Faustina and returned to Aquilia Severa. This act pretty much sealed his fate. Soon afterwards he was murdered by the praetorian guard, his body was dragged through the streets of Rome and thrown into the Tiber river.

All coinage in the name of Aquillia Severa is very rare.

Obv: IOVLIA AKYLIA CEVHPA CEB ; draped bust right.
Rev: Eagle standing left, head right, wreath in beak; L E (date) across fields.

Milne 2868 ; Sear II 7690 v.

ex: Eden Seminary Collection
Price SKU: 1996
US$ 95.00
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