Otacilia Severa - Augusta of Imperium Romanum from 244 to 249
Marcia Otacilia Severa was the Empress of Rome and wife of Emperor Marcus Julius Philippus or Philip I Arabs, who reigned over the Roman Empire from 244 to 249.

Severa and Philip are generally considered as the first Christian imperial couple, because during their reign the persecutions of Christians had ceased and the couple had become tolerant towards Christianity but their beliefs has not been proven. It was through her intervention, for instance, that Bishop and Saint Babylas of Antioch was saved from persecution.

In 249, the Danubian armies proclaimed Decius Augustus and in August, Philip died in battle near Verona and Decius became the sole emperor. Severa was in Rome at that time and when the news of her husband’s death arrived, their son was murdered by the Praetorian Guard still in her arms. Severa survived her husband and son and lived later in obscurity.
Otacilia Severa
Empress Otacilia Severa of the Roman Empire

(1) Otacilia Severa 244 AD
Obverse: diademed and draped bust on crescent right; MAP ΩTAKIΛ CEOYPAN CEB
Reverse: eagle facing, head left, standing on palm branch, wreath in beak; ΔHMAΡX__EΞOVCIAC; S C
Ref: Prieur 324; BMC Galatia pg. 216, 54...
(2) Otacilia Severa 244-249 AD
Obverse: M OTACIL SEVERA AVG, diademed, draped bust right on crescent
Reverse: CONCORDIA AVGG, Concordia seated left, holding patera and double cornucopiae
Ref: RSC 4, RIC 125c, RI3836
(3) Otacilia Severa 247 AD
Obverse: draped bust right; OTACIL SEVERA AVG
Reverse: Concordia seated left holding patera and double cornucopia; CONCORDIA AVGG / S C
Ref: RIC 203e, Cohen 5
(4) Otacilia Severa 247 AD
Obverse: draped bust on crescent right; M OTACIL SEVERA AVG
Reverse: Concordia seated left, sacrificing over altar and holding patera and cornucopia; CONCORDIA AVGG
Ref: SRCV III 9149, RIC IV 126, RSC IV 1...
(5) Otacilia Severa 247 AD
Obverse: draped bust on crescent right; OTACIL SEVERA AVG
Reverse: Concordia seated left, sacrificing over altar and holding cornucopia; CONCORDIA AVGG
Ref: SRCV III 9150, RIC IV 129, RSC IV 1...