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E-auction 253-176595 - FAUSTINA MAJOR Denier

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Type : Denier
Date: 145
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 850 ‰
Diameter : 17,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 3,28 g.
Rarity : R1
Officine: 6e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire sur un petit flan bien centré des deux côtés. Beau buste de Faustine mère. Revers de style fin. Jolie patine de collection ancienne gris foncé avec des reflets dorés
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Obverse legend : DIVA AVG. - 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 : PIE-TAS AVG.
Reverse description : Pietas (la Piété) voilée et drapée, debout à gauche, versant de l’encens de la main droite au-dessus d’un autel et tenant de la main gauche, une boîte à encens (acerra).
Reverse translation : “Pietas Augustæ”, (La Piété de l’augusta).


Petit buste. Pour ce type, la variante avec un candélabre (brûle-parfum) semble plus rare que celle avec l’autel. Césure de légende de revers inhabituelle.

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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