Faustina I the Elder, struck under Antoninus Pius
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
AVG-VSTA, Ceres, veiled, draped, standing front, head left, holding long torch, vertical, in right hand, and raising fold of drapery in left
18.36mm, 3.4g, 12h
VF, areas of flat strike, granulated surfaces, deposits
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 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. Ceres was the Roman goddess of agriculture. She features prominently on coins of Faustina.