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Faustina Junior, Augusta 146 - winter 175/176 A.D, wife of Marcus Aurelius

The daughter, wife and mother of emperors and empresses, Faustina II was born around 130 A.D. to Antoninus Pius and Faustina I. She was married to her cousin Marcus Aurelius in 145 A.D. In 146 A.D., she gave birth to the first of many children. To celebrate this occasion she was given the title of Augusta, which technically made her superior in rank to her husband. Faustina II was a devoted wife and mother, and accompanied her husband on all his military campaigns. Her son Commodus went on to become emperor after his fathers' death, and her daughter Lucilla became Augusta when she married Lucius Verus in 164 A.D. She died at the city of Halala in Asia Minor in 175 A.D. plagued by many baseless rumors about her infidelity. She was deified soon after and a grand temple was erected to her in the city where she died.


Click for a larger photo In Roman religion, Concordia was the goddess of agreement, understanding, and marital harmony. The cult of Concordia Augusta ("Majestic Harmony") was of special importance to the imperial household. She is usually depicted wearing a long cloak and holding a patera (sacrificial bowl), a cornucopia (symbol of prosperity), or a caduceus (symbol of peace).RB26685. Orichalcum sestertius, SRCV II 4710, RIC III 1368, BMCRE IV 2198, VF, weight 19.689 g, maximum diameter 31.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 157 - 161 A.D.; obverse FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse AVGVSTI PII FIL S C, Concordia standing left, patera in extended right, cornucopia in left; $600.00 (522.00)


Click for a larger photo Faustina II died in late 175 A.D. in Cappadocia during the imperial trip to the East caused by Cassius' revolt. Although by some sources she can be suspected of infidelity and even participation in that revolt, Marcus deified her and issued commemorative coins such as this one.RS71383. Silver denarius, RIC III M746, RSC II 75, BMCRE III M725, Szaivert MIR 61, SRCV II 5217, Choice gVF, weight 3.459 g, maximum diameter 18.5 mm, die axis 225o, Rome mint, posthumous, 176 - 180 A.D.; obverse DIVA FAVSTINA PIA, draped bust right; reverse CONSECRATIO, altar enclosure, door on front; ex Solidus Numismatik e. K.; $140.00 (121.80)


Faustina Junior, Augusta 146 - Winter 175/176 A.D., Provincial Bronze Brockage

Click for a larger photo A brockage occurs when a blank is struck with a previously struck coin which adhered to the opposite die.
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ER62241. Bronze AE 26, Brockage, aVF, weight 10.874 g, maximum diameter 25.5 mm, Provincial mint, obverse ΦAVCTEINA - CEBACTH, draped bust right, hair in bun behind; reverse incuse of the obverse; $80.00 (69.60)


Click for a larger photo Pudicitia was the personification of modesty and chastity.
RB72340. Orichalcum dupondius, RIC III Pius 1404b, BMCRE IV 2159, Cohen III 187, SRCV II 4732, F, nice portrait, weight 12.970 g, maximum diameter 26.9 mm, die axis 315o, Rome mint, 148 - 152 A.D.; obverse FAVSTINAE AVG PII AVG FIL, draped bust right, hair with band and a bun at back; reverse PVDICITIA, Pudicitia (modesty and chastity) seated left, right hand holding veil, left resting on lap, S C in exergue; $75.00 (65.25)


Click for a larger photo This type usually has a globe under the throne. The portrait is also a little unusual. It may be an ancient counterfeit; however, there is no indication that it is plated. Perhaps the globe was unstruck due to a filled die or it may have erased by rough cleaning.RS72189. Silver denarius, cf. RIC III A502a, RSC II 54, BMCRE A1086, SRCV 4704 (all with globe under throne), F, scratches, rough, weight 3.177 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome (or unofficial) mint, c. 154 - 156 A.D.; obverse FAVSTINA AVG PII AVG FIL, draped bust right, hair waved and coiled at the back; reverse CONCORDIA, Concordia seated left, flower in extended right, left elbow on cornucopia; $75.00 (65.25)


Click for a larger photo Although many coin reference books classify Fecunditas as a personification of fertility rather than as an actual deity, Fecunditas was recognized as a Roman divinity by Nero, who erected a statue to her. Tacitus notes that upon the birth of Claudia Neronis, the senate decreed the construction of a temple of Fertility to be built at Antium. Fecunditas is always portrayed as a female figure holding a child, or children and often a scepter, cornucopia, palm branch or caduceus. Sometimes the children are depicted standing at her feet. Coins portraying her ususally advertise the fertility of the imperial family.RS72893. Silver denarius, RIC III 677, RSC II 99, BMCRE IV 91, aF, weight 2.472 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 315o, Rome mint, 161 - 175 A.D.; obverse FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse FECVNDITAS, Fecunditas standing right, long scepter vertical in right, infant in left; $30.00 (26.10)



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Obverse legends:

DIVA AVG FAVSTINA
DIVAE FAVSTINAE PIAE
DIVAE FAVSTIN AVG MATR CASTROR
DIVA FAVSTINA PIA
FAVSTINA AVG ANTONINI AVG PII FIL
FAVSTINA AVG PII AVG FIL
FAVSTINA AVGVSTA
FAVSTINA AVGVSTA AVG PII F
FAVSTINA AVGVSTA AVG PII FIL
FAVSTINAE AVG PII AVG F
FAVSTINAE AVG PII AVG FIL




Average well preserved denarius weight 3.37 grams.

Catalog current as of Tuesday, April 21, 2015.
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