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Roman, Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, wife of Antoninus Pius
SH33181. Gold aureus, SRCV II 4553 (same dies), Cayon 1765 (same), RIC III 356d, Cohen 98, BMCRE IV 398, Choice EF, Rome mint, weight 6.923g, maximum diameter 19.8mm, die axis 180o, 147 - 161 A.D.; obverse DIVA FAVSTINA, diademed, draped and veiled bust left; reverse AVGVSTA, Ceres standing left, torch in right, scepter in left; very light hairline scratches; ex Lanz, Auction 135, lot 745 (misattributed); hints of red toning, bold and beautiful, struck with elegant dies!; scarce

Gold aurei are about the same size as silver denarii but they were not struck with the same dies. The finest work of the mint's top master engravers was reserved for striking gold. The difference between the artistry of the gold and silver is not always so striking, but no denarius equals the beauty of this coin.
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Album name:Joe Sermarini / Superb and Masterpiece Portraits Gallery
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Date added:May 16, 2010
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mihali84  [May 16, 2010 at 06:18 AM]
Beautiful coin!
Tibsi  [May 16, 2010 at 07:32 AM]
Achim  [Jun 20, 2010 at 12:59 PM]
Very nice and five stars.
Mark Z2  [Jul 15, 2010 at 12:10 AM]
Joe, if I were you I wouldn't feel too bad if it never sold Gorgeous!
Charles S  [Dec 01, 2010 at 08:24 PM]
The whole coin, the portrait - look at the ear! - as well as the reverse, a piece of art, a masterpiece. Is a larger photo possible? Only the obverse die is the same as SRCV II 4553.
robertpe  [Oct 29, 2011 at 06:33 PM]
This is absolutely beautiful!
Noah  [Nov 23, 2011 at 02:55 AM]
Gorgeous is the word that comes to mind...
Sam  [Jan 27, 2013 at 08:39 PM]
I am Speechless