MANLIA SCANTILLA: Roman Empress wife of Didius Julianus Silver Denarius (2.76 grams) Rome mint: March-June, 193 A. Certification: NGC Ancients Ch VF Strike: 4/5 Surface: 3/5 4371790-003 MANL SCA-NTILLA AVG, draped bust of Scantilla right. IVNO REGINA, Juno standing left, holding patera and scepter, peacock at her feet. Little is known about Manlia Scantilla, wife of the short-reigning Emperor Didius Julianus. Her name indicates she belonged to the influential Manlia gens, and there are hints that her ambition for social status at least partly drove her husband's career.The Senate reluctantly confirmed the fait accompli, and then took the unusual step of conferring upon Julianus' wife and daughter the title of Augusta, or Empress. However qualified he may have been, Julianus' nefarious means of gaining power made him hated in Rome. Generals of armies around the Empire were roused to action; the nearest of them, Septimius Severus, marched on Rome and deposed Julianus after an anxiety-filled reign of only 66 days.
Julianus was dispatched by one of the same Praetorians who had proclaimed him; Scantilla and Didia Clara, however, were spared, at least initially. Scantilla is said to have died only a few weeks after her husband; Clara's final fate is unknown. Provided with certificate of authenticity.
CERTIFIED AUTHENTIC by Sergey Nechayev, PhD - Numismatic Expert. 193 was a Roman woman who lived in the 2nd century.
She was very briefly Roman Empress as wife to the Roman Emperor Didius Julianus. Her name indicates that she was born into the gens Manlia , which if correct, indicates an illustrious patrician ancestry.
However, she may have been descended from a freed slave belonging to a member of that gens. Manlia Scantilla married the general Didius Julianus before his succession. Around 153, she bore Julianus a daughter and only child Didia Clara, who was known for her beauty.
Apparently Scantilla was extremely ugly, due to an unknown deformity. Her husband became emperor on 28 March 193. On that day, Scantilla and her daughter, were awarded the title of Augusta by a decree of the Roman Senate.
Scantilla enjoyed her short lived title and status for less than three months. Her husband was killed on 1 June 193. The new emperor Septimius Severus, removed her status and title as Augusta, but gave Manlia Scantilla and her daughter the former emperor's body for burial. The two women buried Julianus in a tomb alongside his great-grandfather, outside of Rome. Within a month of Severus' accession to the throne, Scantilla died in obscurity.
The fate of her only child Didia Clara is unknown. The item "Manlia Scantilla wife Didius Julianus 193AD Authentic Silver Roman Coin NGC ChVF" is in sale since Thursday, May 12, 2016. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ Ancient\Roman\ Imperial (27 BC-476 AD)". The seller is "victoram" and is located in Forest Hills, New York. This item can be shipped worldwide.