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Annia Faustina, Augusta 221 A.D.

Annia Faustina was descended from an aristocratic family, her father and grandfather being former consuls. Her grandmothers were sisters, and daughters of Marcus Aurelius and Faustina II. Annia was married to former consul and Moesian legatus Bassus. Elagabalus executed him and married Annia in early 221 A.D. It is said he forbid her to mourn her dead husband. Towards the end of the year, he divorced her; his plan was probably to produce a heir, related to the Antonines, and replace Severus Alexander. Next, he married Aquilia Severa again. Considering the great rarity of her coinage, their marriage might have lasted much less than the half year usualy quoted. Or, she was given the Augusta title shortly before the divorce.

Annia Faustina, Wife of Elagabalus, c. 221 A.D., Antiocheia, Pisidia

|Annia| |Faustina|, |Annia| |Faustina,| |Wife| |of| |Elagabalus,| |c.| |221| |A.D.,| |Antiocheia,| |Pisidia||AE| |18|
In 221, after Elagabalus was induced to end his highly controversial marriage to the Vestal Virgin Aquilia Severa, he married the recently widowed Annia Aurelia Faustina. The marriage was intended to form an alliance with the powerful aristocratic Nerva-Antonine clan, resulting from her blood relation to the dynasty. Elagabalus gave her the title of Augusta. Supporters of Elagabalus had hoped that Annia, the mother of two small children from her previous marriage, would bear him a natural heir; however, she bore him no children. There are no surviving sources providing details of Annia Aurelia Faustina's short time as a Roman empress. Before the end of 221, Elagabalus divorced her and returned to Julia Aquilia Severa. After her marriage to Elagabalus ended, she returned with her children to her Pisidian Estate where she spent the final years of her life.
RP21123. Bronze AE 18, NAC auction 25, lot 530 (same dies); SNG BnF -, cf. 1184 (obv); BMC Lycia -; SNG Cop -; SNGvA -; SNG Righetti -, aVF, porous, grain, flan crack, weight 1.955 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 180o, Antioch in Pisidia (Yalvac, Turkey) mint, c. 221 A.D.; obverse ANNIA FAVSTINA AVG, draped bust right; reverse ANTIOCH COLONIA, eagle standing facing, head right; extremely rare; SOLD







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