FAUSTINA the Elder
Wife of Antoninus Pius. AD 138-140

AR Denarius. 3.24g, 18.7mm

MINTED: Rome mint, AD 141
REF: RIC III Antoninus Pius 344; RSC 26; Sear 4568
OBVERSE: DIVA FAVSTINA, draped bust right, hair elaborately waved in several loops round head and drawn up and coiled on top.

REVERSE: AETERNITAS, Juno (or Faustina), veiled, draped, standing left, head left, extending right hand and holding nearly vertical sceptre in left.


Very Fine. Toned. Small, insignifcant edge split.


Historical Notes:

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 . AR Denarius . Wife of Antoninus Pius

SKU: 588
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