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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 SALE PRICE $540.00

Faustina Junior, Augusta 146 - Winter 175/176 A.D., Wife of Marcus Aurelius, Plotinopolis, Thrace
Click for a larger photo Plotinopolis (modern day Didimochito, Greece) was an important Thracian and Hellenistic town. It was sacked by the Romans in 204 B.C. Trajan created a new city between the two hills surrounding the town and named it Plotinopolis after his wife. Ruins of the town were accidently found during construction in the 1960s. In the 1980s, a solid gold bust of Trajan was found and is now in the museum at Komotini.
RP62383. Bronze AE 23, Varbanov III 1830; SGICV 1728, gVF, weight 7.626 g, maximum diameter 23.1 mm, die axis 225o, Plotinopolis mint, 146 - 176 A.D.; obverse ΦAVCTEINA CEBACTH, draped bust right; reverse ΠΛΩTEINOΠOΛEITΩN, Demeter standing left, ears of grain in right, torch in left; attractive green patina; scarce; $225.00 SALE PRICE $203.00

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.; $160.00 SALE PRICE $144.00

Faustina Junior, Augusta 146 - Winter 175 A.D, Wife of Marcus Aurelius, Kibyra, Phrygia
Click for a larger photo Kibyra (Cibyra) near the modern town of Gölhisar in south-west Turkey, was possibly originally settled by Lydians. According to Strabo, the Lydian language was still being spoken by a multicultural population in the 1st century B.C. Thus Kibyra was the last place where the Lydian culture, by then extinct in Lydia proper, persevered.
RP64048. Bronze AE 20, RPC Online 1950, SNG München 292, SNG Cop 289, SNGvA -, BMC -, aVF, well centered, green patina, weight 5.034 g, maximum diameter 19.6 mm, die axis 0o, Cibyra mint, 174 - 175 A.D.; obverse ΦAYCTINA NEA, draped bust right; reverse KIBYPA/TΩN, wicker basket; scarce; $155.00 SALE PRICE $140.00

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 commemorating coins such as this one.
RS65294. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III 746, Cohen 75, VF, nice patina, weight 19.196 g, maximum diameter 30.0 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, posthumous, 176 - 180 A.D.; obverse DIVA FAVSTINA PIA, draped bust right; reverse CONSECRATIO, altar with doors, S - C flanking across field; $130.00 SALE PRICE $117.00

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 SALE PRICE $72.00


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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, September 30, 2014.
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