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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 14 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. She died in the city of Halala in Anatolia in 175 A.D., plagued by baseless rumors about her infidelity. She was deified soon after and a grand temple was erected to her in the city where she died.

|Faustina| |Jr.|, |Faustina| |the| |Younger,| |Augusta| |146| |-| |Winter| |175/176| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Marcus| |Aurelius||sestertius|NEW
Faustina II was the daughter, wife, and mother of emperors and empresses. When she gave birth to the first of many children she was given the title of Augusta, which for a time made her superior in rank to her husband. She was a devoted wife and mother and accompanied her husband on all his military campaigns.
RB93047. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III MA1691, MIR 18 52-6/10, BMCRE IV MA1566, Hunter II 18, Cohen III 8, SRCV II 5223, VF/gF, nice portrait, attractive brown patina, large flan split, edge cracks, porosity on reverse, weight 24.000 g, maximum diameter 34.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, posthumous, 176 - 177 A.D.; obverse DIVA FAVSTINA PIA, bust of Faustina the Younger right, draped, veiled, hair elaborately waved in nearly vertical lines and fastened in a low chignon at back of head; reverse AETERNITAS, Ceres standing front, veiled, draped, head left, raising veil with right hand, long torch in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field below center; from the Errett Bishop Collection; scarce; $150.00 SALE |PRICE| $135.00
 


|Faustina| |Jr.|, |Faustina| |the| |Younger,| |Augusta| |146| |-| |Winter| |175/176| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Marcus| |Aurelius||as| |(or| |dupondius)|NEW
Juno was the chief female divinity in the Roman pantheon. She was the wife of Jupiter and a member of the Capitoline Triad. She had many different aspects, such as Juno Moneta, Juno Sospita, and Juno Lucina, but here she is depicted as Juno Regina, "Juno the Queen." Juno is usually shown holding a patera, scepter or a statuette of Athena, and is often accompanied by a peacock.
RB93048. Bronze as (or dupondius), RIC III MA1647; MIR 18 17-5b; Cohen III 123; BMCRE IV p. 541, 983; Hunter II 48; SRCV II 5297, aVF, red-brown patina, struck on a small squared flan, a few scattered pits, weight 12.897 g, maximum diameter 29.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, struck under Marcus Aurelius, 161 - 175 A.D.; obverse FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, bust of Faustina the Younger right, draped, hair elaborately waved and fastened in a low chignon; reverse IVNO, Juno standing half left, head left, draped, patera in extended right hand, long scepter vertical in left hand, peacock left at feet on left, S - C (Senatus Consulto) across field at center; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $120.00 SALE |PRICE| $108.00
 


|Faustina| |Jr.|, |Faustina| |the| |Younger,| |Augusta| |146| |-| |Winter| |175/176| |A.D.,| |Wife| |of| |Marcus| |Aurelius||as| |(or| |dupondius)|NEW
Laetitia is the Roman goddess of gaiety and joy, her name deriving from the root word laeta, meaning happy. She is typically depicted on coinage with a wreath in her right hand, and a scepter, a rudder, or an anchor in her left hand. On the coins of empresses, Laetitia may signal a birth in the Imperial family.
RB93049. Bronze as (or dupondius), RIC III MA1656; MIR 18 21-7b; BMCRE IV 988; Hunter II 58, SRCV II 5300 var. (bare head) Cohen III 151 var. (same), aVF, nice portrait, dark green patina, light deposits, choice but for spots of corrosion on reverse, weight 13.111 g, maximum diameter 26.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, A.D. 161 - 164; obverse FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, diademed and draped bust right, diadem with two rows of pearls; reverse LAETITIA, Laetitia standing facing, head left, wreath in right hand, long scepter in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) divided across field below center; from the Errett Bishop Collection; $120.00 SALE |PRICE| $108.00
 










OBVERSE| LEGENDS|

DIVAAVGFAVSTINA
DIVAFAVSTINAPIA
DIVAEFAVSTINAVGMATRCASTROR
DIVAEFAVSTINAEPIAE
FAVSTINAAVGANTONINIAVG
FAVSTINAAVGANTONINIAVGPIIFIL
FAVSTINAAVGPIIAVGFIL
FAVSTINAAVGVSTA
FAVSTINAAVGVSTAAVGPIIF
FAVSTINAAVGVSTAAVGPIIFIL
FAVSTINAAVGVSTAPIIAVGFIL
FAVSTINAEAVGANTONINIAVGPIIFIL
FAVSTINAEAVGPIIAVGF
FAVSTINAEAVGPIIAVGFIL


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