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brm_323027 - FAUSTINA MAJOR Denier

FAUSTINA MAJOR Denier AU
250.00 €(Approx. 270.00$ | 217.50£)
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Type : Denier
Date: c. 145
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 850 ‰
Diameter : 17,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 2,97 g.
Rarity : R2
Coments on the condition:
Beau portrait sur un flan irrégulier, mais bien centré des deux côtés. Revers de haut relief, bien venu à la frappe. A été nettoyé

Obverse


Obverse legend : DIVA. AVG - FAVSTINA.
Obverse description : Buste voilé et drapé de Faustine mère à droite avec les cheveux relevés, coiffés en chignon (L9).
Obverse translation : “Diva Augusta Faustina”, (La divine Faustine augusta).

Reverse


Reverse legend : PIETA-S AVG.
Reverse description : Pietas (la Piété) voilée debout à gauche, tenant une boîte à encens (acerra) de la main gauche et versant de l'encens au-dessus d'un autel.
Reverse translation : “Pietas Augustæ”, (La Piété de l'augusta).

Commentary


Poids léger. Portrait inhabituel.
Ce type est frappé entre 141 et 145. Il existe deux variétés de revers où l’autel est parfois remplacé par un candélabre.

Historical background


FAUSTINE MOTHER

(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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