FAUSTINA the Elder
AE As. 11.72g, 26.9mm
MINTED: Rome mint, after AD 141
REF: RIC 1171 (Pius); Cohen 89
OBVERSE: DIVA FAVSTINA, draped bust right, hair elaborately waved and coiled in bands across head and drawn up at back and piled in a round coil on top.
REVERSE: AVGVSTA, Ceres standing left holding up short torch in her right hand and corn-ears down in her left hand; S-C in fields.
Fine. Dark green patina. Light roughness.
Faustina I was a niece of Sabina, wife of Emperor Hadrian. She was made empress when her husband, Antoninus Pius, ascended to the throne in AD 138, but died a mere two years later. Grieving deeply for her, Pius had Faustina deified and struck an extensive series of coinage in her name throughout his reign.
FAUSTINA I . AD 138-140 . AE As . Ceres, Goddess of Grain and Agriculture
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