Mother of Elagabalus
Murdered with her son in 222 AD
Julia Soaemias was the daughter of Julia Maesa and the mother of Elagabalus and the maternal cousin, of the Roman emperor Caracalla. Julia was indeed very much like her son in many ways particularly when it came to religion. Both Julia and Elagabalus were fanatically devoted to the worship of the Sun God Elagabalus, which is why history refers to him by the name of the Sun God. Julia’s fate was to be murdered at the same time as her son in 222 AD. Their bodies were dragged from the palace and thrown into the Tiber River.
Mints: Rome, Egypt, Moesia
IVLIA SOAEMIAS AVG.
1) Draped bust right
2) Draped bust right with Diadem
AU Aureus (6.46 grams)
AR Denarius (3.31-2.1 grams)
AR Denarius (with diadem) RARE
Æ Sestertius (20.81 grams)
Æ Dupondius or As (10.9 grams)
NOTE: Given the rarity of even the bronze and gold denominations, it is possible that her coins were melted down and withdrawn from circulation.
Æ Tetradrachm, Egypt (12.49 grams)
Æ26 Pentassarion (5 Assaria) Moesia Inferior. Marcianopolis (Elagabalus facing Julia Soaemias)