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Coin of Caecilia Paulina

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Coin of Caecilia Paulina
Coin of Caecilia Paulina | Photo: NumisBids, LLC

Roman coin of Cecilia Paulina, wife of emperor Maximinus Thrax (reigned 235-238 CE). The silver denarius has the inscription DIVA PAULINA, and the coin itself was minted after her death (ca. 235-236 CE).

We have no information about the life of the empress. Her life with Maximinus was probably correct, but there is a message from Joannes Zonaras (12th-century Byzantine chronicler) that the empress was murdered on the orders of her husband. This statement, however, seems to be false as she was deified after her death on his orders.

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