Faustina I the Elder, 138-141 AD, AR Denarius, Ceres, Posthumous Issue, struck 141-161 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Faustina I the Elder, struck under Antoninus Pius
City/Region:
Rome
Denomination:
AR Denarius
Composition:
Silver
Date:
141-161 AD
Obverse:
DIVA FAVSTINA, Bust of Faustina I, draped, right, hair elaborately waved and coiled, with bands across the head, drawn up at the back and piled in a round coil on top
Reverse:
AVG V-STA, Ceres, veiled, draped, standing right, holding vertical sceptre in right hand and two corn-ears downward in left
Size:
19.33mm, 3.4g, 6h
Grade:
Choice aUnc, well struck, strike flow lines, well centred, high relief, lightly toned, lustrous surfaces
Provenance:
ex H.D. Rauch eAuction 24 (29 September 2017), Lot 211
References:
BMCRE IV 389; RIC III 358; Cohen II 84 (quotes different reverse); RSC II 93; SRCV II 4581

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Choice grade - almost uncirculated!

Faustina I the elder was born circa 100 AD and died in 140 AD. She was the wife of the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius, one of the Five Good Emperors. This sestertius was part of a third issue of coinage in her honour after her death and is likely to have been minted some time between the end of the second issue (141 AD) and the end of Antonius Pius's reign as Roman Emperor, most likely toward the end of that reign. A more precise dating is not currently known. The coinage bears the legend DIVA FAVSTINA, not DIVA AVGVSTA, as the title of Augusta had passed onto her daugher, Faustina II the Younger. Ceres was the Roman goddess of agriculture. She features prominently on coins of Faustina.