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Home ▸ Catalog ▸ |Roman Coins| ▸ |The Adoptive Emperors| ▸ |Faustina Sr.||View Options:  |  |  | 

Faustina Sr., Augusta 25 February 138 - Early 141, Wife of Antoninus Pius

Faustina I was the wife of Antoninus Pius. Little is known of her, except that she was regarded as vain and frivolous, though this may have just been malicious gossip. Antoninus Pius loved her greatly and, upon her death in 141 A.D., she was deified and a temple was built in her honor.

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Antoninus Pius wrote of his wife Faustina, "I would rather live with her on Gyara [an island of exile] than without her in the palace." Sadly, Faustina died just two years into his 23 year reign. At his request, the Senate deified her, and he minted a massive series of commemorative coins in her honor.
RB98688. Orichalcum sestertius, BMCRE IV AP1415A, RIC III AP1103B, Hunter II 55, Cohen II 20, SRCV II 4606 var. (no AVG in obv. leg.), F, scrapes, rough, porous, parts of legends weak/off flan, weight 28.447 g, maximum diameter 34.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 1st issue, 141 A.D.; obverse DIVA AVG FAVSTINA, draped bust right, hair elaborately waived and banded, drawn up at the back and piled in a round coil at top; reverse AETERNITAS, Aeternitas seated left, nimbate Phoenix on globe in right hand, transverse scepter in left hand, feet on footstool, S - C (senatus consulto) across field below center; $80.00 (€65.60)
 


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Ceres a goddess of agriculture, grain crops, fertility and motherly relationships, was listed among the Di Consentes, Rome's equivalent to the Twelve Olympians of Greek mythology. The Romans saw her as the counterpart of the Greek goddess Demeter, whose mythology was reinterpreted for Ceres in Roman art and literature.
RB98685. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III AP1116(a), Cohen II 79, BMCRE IV AP1509, Hunter II 113, SRCV II 4614, F, well centered, mild pitting, weak reverse strike, weight 27.109 g, maximum diameter 33.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 147 - 161 A.D.; obverse DIVA FAVSTINA, draped bust right, hair elaborately waived and banded, drawn up at the back and piled in a round coil at top; reverse AVGVSTA, Ceres standing half left, grain-ears in right hand, long torch vertical behind in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) divide low across field; $60.00 (€49.20)
 


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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.
SH33181. Gold aureus, SRCV II 4553 (same dies), Cayon 1765 (same), RIC III AP356d, Cohen II 98, BMCRE IV AP398, Choice EF, weight 6.923 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 147 - 161 A.D.; obverse DIVA FAVSTINA, diademed, draped and veiled bust left; reverse AVGVSTA, Ceres standing left, torch in right hand, scepter in left hand; very light hairline scratches; ex Numismatik Lanz auction 135, lot 745 (misattributed); ex Goldberg auction 44, lot 3704 (ICG AU 50); hints of red toning, bold and beautiful, struck with elegant dies!; scarce; SOLD







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OBVERSE| LEGENDS|

DIVAAVGFAVSTINA
DIVAAVGVSTAFAVSTINA
DIVAEFAVSTINAE
DIVAFAVSTINA
DIVAIFAVSTINA FAVSTINAAVGANTONINIAVG
FAVSTINAAVGANTONINIAVGPIIPP
FAVSTINAAVGANTONINIAVGPP
FAVSTINAAVGVSTA


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