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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Adoptive Emperors| > |Faustina Jr.| > RS26421
Faustina Junior, Augusta 146 - Winter 175/176 A.D., Wife of Marcus Aurelius
The affectionate dove, the bird of love, was sacred to the goddess Venus (Aphrodite). Doves were said to draw her heavenly chariot, and the Syrian Aphrodite Ashtarte was said to have been hatched from an egg nursed by doves. The phrase attributed to Jesus, "Be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves" (Matthew 10.16), was no random metaphor but a traditional Syrian invocation.
RS26421. Silver denarius, RIC III MA730, RSC II 255, gVF, Rome mint, weight 3.293g, maximum diameter 18.8mm, die axis 180o, obverse FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse VENVS, Venus standing left holding dove in right and scepter in left; scarce; SOLD











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