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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Adoptive Emperors| > |Faustina Jr.| > RB97839
Faustina II, Augusta 146 - Winter 175/176 A.D., Wife of Marcus Aurelius
|Faustina| |Jr.|, |Faustina| |II,| |Augusta| |146| |-| |Winter| |175/176| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Marcus| |Aurelius|, NEWVenus (Aphrodite) can be faulted for the Trojan War. Upset that she was not invited to a wedding, she went anyway and maliciously left a golden apple inscribed "For the fairest" on the banquet table. The goddesses, as Aphrodite expected, argued who was the rightful possessor of this prize. It was determined the most handsome mortal in the world, a noble Trojan youth named Paris, would decide. Each of the three finalists offered Paris a bribe. Hera promised he would rule the world. Athena said she would make him victorious in battle. Aphrodite guaranteed the love of the most beautiful woman in the world. This was Helen, who was married to the king of Sparta. Paris awarded the golden apple to Aphrodite. Aphrodite enabled Paris to elope with Helen, Helen of Troy. Helen's husband raised a Greek army to retrieve his wife, starting the Trojan War.
RB97839. Copper as, RIC III AP1408, BMCRE IV AP2193, Cohen III 253, SRCV II 4735, F, rough, scrapes and scratches, Rome mint, weight 9.453g, maximum diameter 27.0mm, die axis 180o, struck under Antoninus Pius, 154 - 156 A.D.; obverse FAVSTINA AVG P II AVG FIL, draped bust right with head bare, hair waved, coiled chignon tied with a band of pearls on back of head; reverse VENVS, Venus standing half left, head left, an apple in extended right hand, long scepter in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) divided low across fields; from a Norwegian collection; $50.00











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