Faustina I the Elder, 138-141 AD, Ae As, Vesta, Posthumous issue, struck 146-161 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Faustina I the Elder, 3rd issue, struck under Antoninus Pius
City/Region:
Rome mint
Denomination:
Ae As
Composition:
Copper
Date:
141-161 AD
Obverse:
DIVA FAVSTINA, Bust of Faustina I, draped, right, hair elaborately waved and piled in bun on top of head: a band of pearls round hair in front
Reverse:
Vesta, veiled, standing left, holding long lighted torch, vertical, in right hand and palladium at shoulder in left; S C left and right in field
Size:
28.18mm, 14.55g, 12h
Grade:
VF, well centred, brown surfaces
Rarity:
scarce, circa only a dozen examples in online auction archives
Provenance:
Pedigreed to 1915, ex Jacques Shulman (April 1916) with original tags; ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 409 (8 November 2017), Lot 613; ex UBS 45 (15 September 1998), Lot 892.
References:
BMCRE IV [Pius] 1601-1602 RIC III [Pius] 1196; Cohen II 269

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Pedigreed to April 1916. Includes original sale tags together with early 20th century Dutch collector's ticket.

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 daughter, Faustina II the Younger.