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Offline Minimax88

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Plautilla, AR denarius
« on: March 15, 2019, 03:54:17 PM »
Plautilla (188-211), AR denarius, 2.9 g

RIC 369, RSC 25

PLAVTILLA AVGVSTA, draped bust right
VENVS VICTRIX, Venus standing left holding apple & palm, leaning on shield, Cupid at her feet

Interesting empress and not very easy to find. Reverse a bit weak unfortunately.
Plautilla was the wife of Caracalla.

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Re: Plautilla, AR denarius
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2019, 08:58:55 PM »
Very nice portrait ! I like the way in which you took the photo of the portrait side at a slightly oblique angle and with a little limited focus depth. The slight out of focus part below the bust adds to the 3d character to the portrait.

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Re: Plautilla, AR denarius
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2019, 12:44:49 PM »
I go for the female portraits on Grek and Roman coins and not just for the hairdo. The early women, like Plautilla, have there are character. They are not the standard (not necessarily realistic) portrait of the emperor with long hair. :P

The combination with Venus is fun. I presume the message is about imperial domestic harmony. This carries the promise of a stable and predictable succession in due time without a civil war.

An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.