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E-auction 265-186940 - brm_479919 - FAUSTINA MAJOR Sesterce

FAUSTINA MAJOR Sesterce VF
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Estimate : 115 €
Price : 38 €
Maximum bid : 41 €
End of the sale : 14 May 2018 14:28:30
bidders : 7 bidders
Type : Sesterce
Date: 141
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : copper
Diameter : 31,5 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 27,19 g.
Rarity : R1
Coments on the condition:
Monnaie sur un flan bien centré. Patine vert foncé. Beau buste de Faustine mère au droit
Catalogue references :

Obverse


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

Reverse


Reverse legend : PIET-AS AVG/ S|C.
Reverse description : Pietas (la Piété) voilée debout à gauche, jetant de l'encens de la main droite dans la flamme d'un candélabre et tenant une boîte de la main gauche.
Reverse translation : “Pietas Augustæ”, (La Piété de l'augusta).

Commentary


Pour ce type, il existe deux types de buste, voilé ou pas.

Historical background


FAUSTINA MAJOR

(+141)

Consecration of Antoninus Pius

Faustina mother, daughter of Rupilia Faustina, Hadrian's sister-in-law, married Antoninus Pius between 110 and 115 and had at least two children: Marcus Galerius Antonius, a boy who died in infancy and young Faustina who married Marcus Aurelius. Faustina mother receives the title of augusta in 139 and is therefore associated with coinage. She died in 141, aged about forty. Antonin immediately had her deified and struck an important coinage of consecration, establishing the "Puellæ Faustinianæ" for young orphans or poor. Antoninus will raise the Temple of Faustina in the region of the Temple of Peace (Regio IV).

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