Bronze Coin – Sestertius, Ancient Rome, c. 222-235 AD, Julia Mamaea (died 235 AD)
Mother of Emperor Severus Alexander
Obv: Bust of Julia Mamaea, right
Rev: Fecunditas, standing left, with cornucopiae
(Sear 2217) - Nice portrait, fine dark patina. 30mm, 20.66gm
Julia's first husband was a former consul (whose name is unknown) who died. Julia married as her second husband Syrian Promagistrate Marcus Julius Gessius Marcianus. Julia bore two children during her marriage to Marcianus, a daughter Theoclia and a son, Marcus Aurelius Severus Alexander Augustus, later emperor Severus Alexander.
Julia was reported to be a virtuous woman, never involved in scandals. Julia was attentive to the education of her son, Alexander, whom she prepared adequately for becoming emperor of Rome. Alexander thought much of his mother's advice and followed what she told him to do.