II was daughter, wife and mother of emperors and empresses. When she gave birth to the first of many children she was given the title of Augusta, which for a time made her superior in rank to her husband. She was a devoted wife and mother, and accompanied her husband on all his military campaigns.SH77013. , MA1697 var. (throne without canopy, and S C across ), MA1568 var. (same), 54-6a, 7, VF, dark green with touches of red, 23.644 g, maximum 29.5 mm, 30o, Rome mint, struck under , c. 175 - 176 A.D.; , draped right; , seated left on throne with canopy, holding , between two female attendants (carrying her throne?) with veils flying above their heads, S C in ; ex XIX, lot 578; ex A.K. Collection; ex 164 (Nov 1975), lot 1141; very variety; $2000.00 (€1780.00)
(Aphrodite) can be faulted for the Trojan War. Upset that she was not invited to a wedding, she went anyway and maliciously left a golden inscribed "For the fairest" on the banquet table. The goddesses, as Aphrodite expected, argued who was the rightful possessor of this prize. It was determined the most handsome mortal in the world, a noble Trojan youth named , would decide. Each of the three finalists offered a bribe. promised he would rule the world. said she would make him victorious in battle. Aphrodite guaranteed the love of the most beautiful woman in the world. This was Helen, who was married to the of Sparta. awarded the golden to Aphrodite. Aphrodite enabled to elope with Helen, Helen of Troy. Helen's husband raised a Greek army to retrieve his wife, starting the Trojan War.SH73705. , AP1388b; AP2147; p. 300, 30; 268; 4720, VF, nice , , , 24.039 g, maximum 35.1 mm, 180o, Rome mint, struck under , 148 - 152 A.D.; FAVSTINAE AVG , draped right with bare, hair waived and coiled tied with double band of pearls on back of ; , standing half left, in right hand, grounded rudder in left hand, coiled around rudder, low across ; $550.00 (€489.50)
In Roman religion, was the goddess of agreement, understanding, and marital harmony. The cult of Augusta ("Majestic Harmony") was of special importance to the imperial household. She is usually depicted wearing a long cloak and holding a (sacrificial ), a (symbol of prosperity), or a (symbol of peace).RB26685. , AP1368, AP2198, 50, 22, 4710, VF, 19.689 g, maximum 31.5 mm, 0o, Rome mint, struck under , 157 - 161 A.D.; FAVSTINA , draped right, hair wavy and drawn back into at back; , standing left, in extended right, in left hand, across below center; $400.00 (€356.00)
was the chief female divinity in the Roman . She was the wife of and a member of the Capitoline Triad. She had many different aspects, such as , and , but here she is depicted as , "Juno the Queen." is usually shown holding a , or a statuette of , and is often accompanied by a .RS74400. Silver , p. 399, MA104; MA688; 120; 8; 5255, EF/VF, , excellent portrait, struck with a worn die, 3.550 g, maximum 17.4 mm, 0o, Rome mint, struck under , 161 - 175 A.D.; FAVSTINA , draped right, hair in a bun in back, no diadem or ; , standing left, veiled, in right hand, long vertical in left hand; at feet on left standing left; $185.00 (€164.65)
Uncirculated, bold, mint luster. Minted under her father, .RS77581. Silver , AP495a, 15, AP1099, 4700, EF, on , small edge cracks, strong flow lines, die wear, 2.977 g, maximum 18.0 mm, 180o, Rome mint, struck under , 157 - 161 A.D.; FAVSTINA , draped right with bare, hair waived and coiled on back of ; , standing slightly left, left, in right, resting left hand on set on helmet; $180.00 (€160.20)
in a dream first saw with the weapons of as and made her his personal patroness. In the night before the battle of 48 B.C. Pompey dreamed of - seemingly a lucky sign. sacrificed to , but issued as watchword 'Venus Victrix', and defeated Pompey!RB77309. Bronze as (or ), AP1389a, AP2202, 17, 4721, -, VF, nice portrait, nice dark green , on a , some light corrosion, 11.868 g, maximum 26.3 mm, 195o, Rome mint, struck under , 157 - 161 A.D.; FAVSTINA , draped right, hair in waves and bun at the back; , standing slightly left, left, offering in her extended right hand, left hand on set on a helmet, flanking across lower half of ; $100.00 (€89.00)
, Augusta 146 - Winter 175/176 A.D., Provincial Bronze
A occurs when a blank is struck with a previously struck coin which adhered to the opposite die.
Click here to read a detailed explanation.ER62241. Bronze AE 26, , aVF, 10.874 g, maximum 25.5 mm, Provincial mint, ΦAVCTEINA - CEBACTH, draped right, hair in bun behind; of the ; $70.00 (€62.30)
Although many coin references classify as a personification of fertility rather than as an actual deity, was recognized as a Roman divinity by , who erected a statue to her. notes that upon the birth of Neronis, the senate decreed the construction of a temple of Fertility to be built at . is always portrayed as a female figure holding a child, or children and often a , , branch or . Sometimes the children are depicted standing at her feet. Coins portraying her usually advertise the fertility of the imperial family.
RS79864. Silver , MA677; 99; MA91; , p. 351, 4; 5252, F, centered, , tiny edge cracks, 2.990 g, maximum 18.8 mm, 180o, Rome mint, struck under , 161 - 175 A.D.; FAVSTINA , draped right, hair waved and in bun at back; , standing right, long vertical in right hand, infant in left hand; $45.00 (€40.05)
The origin and purpose of the bronze "limes" is uncertain. They may have been a token currency used only along the borders of the Empire. They may have been illegal counterfeits with a now long gone thin silver wash.BB77890. Bronze , cf. p. 401, MA120; 139; MA696; 12; 5256 (silver, Rome mint), F, , rough dark green , some corrosion, 2.601 g, maximum 18.5 mm, 180o, uncertain mint, struck under , 161 - 175 A.D.; FAVSTINA , draped right, wearing a double strand pearl diadem, hair in a bun at the back; , standing left, veiled, in right hand, long vertical in left hand, at feet on left standing left; from the Butte College Foundation, ex ; $29.00 (€25.81)
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