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Faustina I the Elder, 138-141 AD, AE As, Altar, Posthumous Issue, struck c. 141-146 AD

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Origin:
Rome mint
Authority:
Faustina I the Elder, struck under Antoninus Pius
Denomination:
AE As. Inferred from the weight: refer weights table on p. XV of BMCRE IV
Composition:
Copper alloy
Date:
circa 141-146 AD. See note below on dating.
Obverse:
DIVA AVGVSTA FAVSTINA, Bust of Faustina I, draped and veiled, right, hair elaborately waved and coiled, with bands across the head, drawn up at the back and piled in a round coil on top of head: a band of pearls round hair in front
Reverse:
PIET AVG, Rectangular altar, with door in front; S C in exergue
Size:
27.50mm, 10.5g, 6h
Grade:
aVF, narrow flan, toned, pitting
Provenance:
From the Steve P Collection, ex Dionysus Coins (eBay, November 2017); from the Ex David Wray Collection, ex CNG eAuction 389 (18 January 2017), Lot 671; ex Colosseum Coin Exchange
References:
RIC III [Pius] 1191Ab; BMCRE IV [Pius] 1464 var. (bust type, obverse legend spacing); Cohen II 259 (bust type)
General Information:
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. For many years after her passing, Antoninus Pius continued to honour her memory through the issuing of coinage in her image. This Ae As was part of a second such issue of coinage and dates to a period beginning in 141 AD and immediately afterwards. A more precise dating is unknown. As the obverse legend still contains AVGVSTA it is likely that this coin was struck prior to the title of Augusta being passed onto her daughter, Faustina II, the Younger in 147 AD. The reverse type for this coin depicts an altar, from the Temple of Faustina. On some coins, the altar is lighted.
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