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brm_468170 - FAUSTINA MAJOR Denier

FAUSTINA MAJOR Denier AU
125.00 €(Approx. 136.25$ | 110.00£)
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Type : Denier
Date: c. après 148
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : silver
Millesimal fineness : 900 ‰
Diameter : 16,5 mm
Orientation dies : 6 h.
Weight : 3,33 g.
Coments on the condition:
Belle monnaie sur un petit flan. Joli revers de style fin. Patine grise
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Obverse


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


Reverse legend : AVGV-STA.
Reverse description : Cérès ou Æternitas (l’Éternité) voilée et drapée debout à gauche, tenant une torche de la main droite et tenant sa robe de la main gauche.
Reverse translation : “Augusta”, (L’augusta).

Commentary


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Faustine est souvent assimilée à Cérès, déesse des moissons. Nous avons ici une représentation mixte de la déesse avec la torche qui permet de l’identifier immédiatement avec la déesse Cérès, mais elle tient aussi le sceptre de Junon.

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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