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Faustina I the Elder, 138-141 AD, AR Denarius, Antoninus and Faustina, Posthumous Issue, struck 141 AD and immediately afterwards

245.00 AUD

Origin:
Rome
Authority:
Faustina I the Elder, struck under Antoninus Pius
Denomination:
AR Denarius
Composition:
Silver
Date:
141 AD and immediately afterwards
Obverse:
DIVA AVG 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:
CONC OR DIAE, Antoninus, togate, standing right, holding roll in left hand and clasping right hands with Faustina I, who stands left, veiled, draped, holding vertical sceptre in left hand
Size:
18.53mm, 3.3g, 6h
Grade:
VF, toned, small edge cracks
Provenance:
eu Numismatik AG Web Auction 8 (29-30 Jun 2019), Lot 1135
Reference:
BMCRE IV [Pius] 435-437; RIC III 368; Cohen II 108; RSC II 108; SRCV II 4587
Special Information:
The reverse features Antoninus holding hands with his late beloved Faustina.
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 denarius was part of a first 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 beginning of that reign. A more precise dating is not currently known. The coinage bears the legend DIVA AVG FAVSTINA, not DIVA AVGVSTA, as the title of Augusta had passed onto her daughter, Faustina II the Younger.
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