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    Diva Faustina Senior (died 140/1 AD). AV aureus (20mm, 7.12 gm, 7h). NGC Choice VF 5/5 - 3/5, brushed. Rome. DIVA AVG-FAVSTINA, draped bust of Diva Faustina Senior right, hair elaborately waved in several loops around head under thin band, braided, drawn up and coiled on top with pearls / Six-columned temple of Diva Faustina on podium of six steps, wall of stone blocks with door in middle visible behind the columns; in pediment tall standing figure holding scepter, between two smaller standing figures, indeterminate fish-like objects in corners; above corners of pediment two statues of Victory facing, holding shields above their heads, facing quadriga at its apex. RIC III (Antoninus Pius) 406A. Cohen 316. Calic├│ 1740. Rare.

    From the Morris Collection. Ex Gemini IV, (8 January 2008), lot 4390.

    Annia Galeria Faustina was born into an aristocratic Roman senatorial family of Spanish descent. In about AD 115, she married Titus Fulvius Antoninus, a respected Senator, and through her connections he was tapped as Hadrian's successor. Antoninus succeeded to the throne in AD 138 and Faustina was acclaimed as Augusta. Antoninus honored her extensively and her vivacity, fashion sense and compassion for the poor made her very popular. Her distinctive hairstyle, with a tight coil adopt her head, was copied by women throughout the Empire. Only two years into the reign, Faustina died of an unknown illness; the grief-stricken emperor ordered her deification and an immense commemorative coinage.


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