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Faustina I the Elder, 138-141 AD, AR Denarius, Peacock, Posthumous Issue, struck 141-161 AD

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Origin: Rome
Authority: Faustina I the Elder, struck under Antoninus Pius
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: CONSECR-ATIO, Peacock, standing front, head left, with tail spread
Size: 17.13mm, 3.0g, 5h
Grade: VF, tight flan, flan flaw on reverse, toned
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Provenance: Pedigreed: From a European collection formed prior to the First World War, ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 445 (5 June 2019), Lot 451
References: BMCRE IV [Pius] 475; RIC III 384; Cohen II 174-175; RSC II 175; SRCV II 4594
General: 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. The reverse legend, CONSECRATIO refers to the consecration of Faustina; the peacock of Juno symbolises her ascension into heaven and into divinity.
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