26 Royal Ladies on Ancient Coins – The Power Behind the Ancient Empires

By Ilya Zlobin, Ancient Greek and Roman Coin Expert and Dealer

The ancient times were populated with many royal rulers. Many people do not even look at the power behind the throne was actually, many times, a woman! They were mothers, grandmothers and care-takers and so much more! Many dominating the heights of political power. So there were many women whom had ancient coins that were issued, either with their portrait or in their honor. This guide will take you to a world of mystery and intrigue of the ancient past, to explore what most have forgotten. Enjoy!

  1. Cleopatra, anything related to her name, there being several Cleopatras in history, one of them being the lover of Julius Caesar and Mark Antony
  2. Livia Drusilla wife of Augustus
  3. Agrippina Jr., wife of Claudius, mother of Nero
  4. Poppaea, wife of Nero – Roman Emperor: 54-68 A.D.
  5. Domitia, wife of Domitian
  6. Faustina I Roman Empress and wife of Antoninus Pius
  7. Faustina II Roman Empress Marcus Aurelius wife and mother of Commodus
  8. Lucilla, Roman empress, wife of Lucius Verus
  9. Crispina, wife of emperor Commodus
  10. Julia Domna Roman Empress 193-217 A.D.
  11. Plautilla, Empress wife of emperor Caracalla
  12. Julia Soaemias – Roman Empress Mother of Elagabalus, Roman Emperor 218-222 A.D.
  13. Julia Paula – Roman Empress & First wife of Emperor Elagabalus
  14. Julia Maesa – Grandmother of Roman Emperors Elagbalus & Severus Alexander
  15. Julia Mamaea Roman Empress Severus Alexander mother
  16. Tranquillina, Roman Empress wife of Gordian III
  17. Herennia Etruscilla Roman Empress wife of Trajan Decius
  18. Salonina – Roman Empress Wife of Gallienus
  19. Severina, wife of Aurelian – Roman Emperor 270-275 A.D
  20. Galeria Valeria Roman Empress wife of Galerius 308-311 A.D.
  21. Saint Helena Roman Empress Mother of Constantine the Great
  22. Fausta, Roman empress wife of Constantine I the Great
  23. Aelia Flacilla Roman Empress Theodosius I Wife 379-385 A.D.
  24. Eudoxia – Roman Empress wife of Arcadius
  25. Sophia, wife of Justin II – Byzantine Emperor: 565-578 A.D.
  26. Eudocia, wife of Constantine X – Byzantine Emperor 1059-1067 A.D.