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Live auction - brm_455563 - FAUSTINA MAJOR Aureus

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Estimate : 4 000 €
Price : 2 500 €
Maximum bid : 2 500 €
End of the sale : 12 December 2017 14:38:44
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Aureus
Date: c. après 148
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : gold
Diameter : 19,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 7,23 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire dans un état de conservation proche du SUP avec une fine usure sur les parties les plus en reliefs de la coiffure de Faustine et une infime trace de cerclage (?) au revers. Coup sur la tranche visible à 11 heures au revers. La monnaie a conservé une partie de son brillant de frappe
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Obverse legend : DIVA - FAVSTINA.
Obverse description : Buste drapé de Faustine mère à droite, avec les cheveux relevés, coiffés en chignon (L).
Obverse translation : “Diva Faustina”, (Divine Faustine).


Reverse legend : AE-TER-NITAS.
Reverse description : Aeternitas (l'Éternité) sous les traits de Fortuna (la Fortune), debout à gauche, voilée et drapée, tenant une patère de la main droite et un gouvernail de la main gauche.
Reverse translation : “Æternitas”, (L’Éternité).


Césure de légende de revers inhabituelle. Coiffure hautement ornementée et élaborée où tous les détails sont bien visibles.

Historical background


(141) Annia Galeria Faustina

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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