Rare limes denarius of Julia Paula, 220 AD, wife of Elagabalus, Roman Empire

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IVLIA PAVLA AVG, draped bust right / CONCORDIA, Concordia seated left, holding patera; star in left field. 18.5mm, 2.92 grams. RIC 211; RSC 6a.

Julia Cornelia Paula was a distinguished Roman noblewoman who became Empress of Rome as the first wife of the Roman emperor Elagabalus (218-222 AD), who divorced her.

The "limes denarii" are thought to be coins minted either officially or pseudo-officially on the fringes of the empire out of necessity. Issued during the Severan period, perhaps they were used to pay soldiers on the extreme frontiers of the Roman territories or maybe to bolster the economy of regions far from the normal means of monetary distribution. Termed "limes" (for "border" in latin) they may also be officially sanctioned issues for use in regions where political unrest made it hazardous to ship large amounts of silver. These low value issues could have served troops on the front and been redeemable for good coinage when they returned to the stable regions.




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