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Live auction - brm_790116 - FAUSTINA MAJOR As

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Starting price : 140 €
Estimate : 225 €
Price : no bid
Maximum bid : no bid
End of the sale : 24 January 2023 14:52:32
Type : As
Date: 142
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : copper
Diameter : 28 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 10,14 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie légèrement décentrée au revers mais celui-ci est très beau et bien venu à la frappe. Usure plus importante au droit. Patine marron


Obverse description : Buste drapé de Faustine mère à droite (L).
Obverse translation : “Diva Augustæ Faustina”, (La divine augusta Faustine).


Reverse legend : S|C.
Reverse description : Croissant de lune et sept étoiles.


Ce type est décrit dans les ouvrages de référence comme un moyen bronze, dupondius ou as (RIC. 1199 ou RCV. 4658). Le buste peut être normal ou voilé. Seul P. V. Hill ne retient que l’as pour cette émission (H.1/ 423) lié à la déification de Faustine mère décédée l’année précédente et au début de la construction du temple de Faustine.

Historical background



Consecration of Antoninus Pius

Mother Faustina, daughter of Rupilia Faustina, the sister of Hadrian, Antoninus Pius married between 110 and 115 and had at least two children: Marcus Antonius Galerius, a boy who died in infancy and young Faustina who married Marcus Aurelius. Mother Faustina received the title of augusta in 139 and is thus associated with counterfeiting. She died in 141, aged about forty years. Antonin makes immediately deify and will hit a major counterfeiting consecration, establishing the "puellae Faustinianæ" for young orphans or poor. Antonin will raise the temple of Faustina in the area of ​​the Temple of Peace (Regio IV). Just after the death of Faustina a sesterce representing his hearse was struck on the occasion of the dedication of the temple of the Divine Faustina in the Forum.

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