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Consecration Coinage

Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.

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Posthumous commemorative struck by Marcus Aurelius' son, Commodus.
RS85773. Silver denarius, Szaivert MIR 18 p. 142, 482/4; RIC III C273 (S) var., RSC II 91 var., BMCRE IV C20 692 var. , Hunter II 3 var., SRCV II 5974 (all var. no wreath), Choice VF, well centered, attractive style, light tone, edge cracks, weight 2.921 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, posthumous, 180 A.D.; obverse DIVVS M ANTONINVS PIVS, bare head right; reverse CONSECRATIO, eagle standing right on globe, head left, wreath in beak; rare variety; $200.00 (170.00)


Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.

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Two days before his death, Antoninus was at his ancestral estate at Lorium, in Etruria, about twelve miles (19 km) from Rome. He ate Alpine cheese at dinner quite greedily. In the night he vomited; he had a fever the next day. The day after that, 7 March 161, he summoned the imperial council, and passed the state and his daughter to Marcus. The emperor gave the keynote to his life in the last word that he uttered when the tribune of the night-watch came to ask the password - "aequanimitas" (equanimity). He then turned over, as if going to sleep, and died. His death closed out the longest reign since Augustus (surpassing Tiberius by a couple of months).
RS85782. Silver denarius, RIC III MA431; RSC II 156; MIR 18 24-4/10; BMCRE IV p. 393, 48; Hunter II 4; SRCV II 5192, Choice VF, excellent centering, nice portrait, attractive toning, radiating flow lines, tiny edge cracks, weight 3.240 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, posthumous, 161 A.D.; obverse DIVVS ANTONINVS, bare head right; reverse CONSECRATIO, eagle standing right on garlanded altar, wings open, head turned back left; $150.00 (127.50)


Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, Wife of Antoninus Pius

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Antoninus Pius wrote of his wife Faustina, "I would rather live with her on Gyara [an island of exile] than without her in the palace." Sadly, Faustina died just two years into his 23 year reign. At his request, the Senate deified her, and he minted a massive series of commemorative coins in her honor.
RS87052. Silver denarius, RIC III AP381b(a) (S); RSC II 159; BMCRE IV p. 44, AP298; Hunter II p. 252, 3; SRCV II 4592, EF, excellent portrait, flan a bit ragged with many small edge cracks, minor flan flaw below chin, weight 2.955 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 1st posthumous issue, 141 - 142 A.D.; obverse DIVA AVG FAVSTINA, draped bust right, hair elaborately waved and banded, drawn up at back and piled in a round coil at the top, tied and coiled with a strand of pearls; reverse CONCORDIAE (harmony), Antoninus on left, togate, standing right, scroll in his left hand, clasping right hands with Faustina, veiled, standing left, sort vertical scepter in her left hand; Numismatik Naumann, auction 62, lot 1105 (part of); scarce; $140.00 (119.00)


Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.

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Posthumous commemorative struck by Marcus Aurelius' son, Commodus. The interesting commemorative portrait appears to have eyes closed. This is probably an unintentional appearance but it is not the first time we have had one looking like this.
RS85772. Silver denarius, RIC III C275, RSC II 97, MIR 18 487-4/10, Hunter II 6, BMCRE IV C27, SRCV II 5979, Choice VF, well centered, light toning, edge cracks, weight 3.182 g, maximum diameter 18.2 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, posthumous, c. 180 A.D.; obverse DIVVS M ANTONINVS PIVS, bare head right; reverse CONSECRATIO, decorated and garlanded four-tier funeral pyre surmounted by quadriga; $130.00 (110.50)


Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, Wife of Antoninus Pius

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Faustina I was the wife of Antoninus Pius. Little is known of her, except that she was regarded as vain and frivolous, though this may have just been malicious gossip. Antoninus Pius loved her greatly, and upon her death in 141 A.D., she was deified and a temple was built in her honor.
SH65151. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III AP1118, BMCRE IV AP1514, Hunter II 119, Cohen II 88, SRCV II 4614, Nice VF, green patina, small patina edge chip on rev, weight 27.399 g, maximum diameter 32.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, posthumous, 147 - 161 A.D.; obverse DIVA FAVSTINA, draped bust right, pearls in hair and hair in elaborate bun on top; reverse AVGVSTA, Ceres standing facing, veiled head left, torch raised in right hand, stalks of grain downward in left, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; $125.00 (106.25)


Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, Wife of Antoninus Pius

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Faustina I was the wife of Antoninus Pius. Little is known of her, except that she was regarded as vain and frivolous, though this may have just been malicious gossip. Antoninus Pius loved her greatly, and upon her death in 141 A.D., she was deified and a temple was built in her honor.
RB84504. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III AP1133(a) (R), BMCRE IV AP1424, Strack III 1237, Cohen II 183, Hunter II 59 var. (veiled), SRCV II 4624 var. (same), aF, porous, corrosion, weight 24.168 g, maximum diameter 30.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, posthumous, 141 - 147 A.D.; obverse DIVA AVGVSTA - FAVSTINA, draped bust right, pearls in hair and hair in elaborate bun on top; reverse CONSE-CRATI-O, Faustina seated facing on an eagle flying upward right, her head right, scepter in her left hand, her mantle in her right hand, fluttering behind her and decorated with five stars, S C (Senatus consulto) below; from the Dr. Sam Mansourati Collection; rare; $70.00 (59.50)







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