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    Glorious Diva Faustina Aureus

    Diva Faustina Senior (died AD 141). AV aureus (20mm, 7.37 gm, 5h). NGC MS 5/5 - 5/5. Rome, AD 146-161. DIVA FAVSTINA, draped bust of Faustina right, hair coiled on top of head /CONSECRA-TIO, peacock walking right on ground line, wings closed, with head reverted.  RIC (Pius) 384.  BMCRE (Pius) 471 (these dies). Cohen 174. Calic├│ 1783. Rare! A glorious aureus, fully struck up and lustrous, with a much deeper and more detailed bust of Faustina than usually encountered.

    Ex Ernst Ploil Collection, Part II Collection (NAC 95, 6 October 2016), lot 282 (realized $32,600 hammer); Rauch 82, (23 April 2008), lot 350.

    Annia Galeria Faustina was born into an aristocratic Roman senatorial family of Spanish descent; her maternal uncle was the Emperor Hadrian. In about AD 115, she married Titus Fulvius Antoninus, a respected Senator, and through her connections he became a close advisor to Hadrian, leading to his selection as Hadrian's heir in AD 138. Antoninus succeeded to the throne later that year and Faustina was acclaimed as Augusta, or Empress. Antoninus honored her extensively on the coinage and her vivacity, fashion sense and compassion for the poor made her very popular. Her distinctive hairstyle, with a tight coil atop her head, became popular among women throughout the Empire. The couple had four children, two sons and two daughters; both male children died in infancy, but the daughters lived to adulthood and one, Faustina the Younger, married Marcus Aurelius and became Augusta herself. Only two years into Antoninus' reign, Faustina died of an unknown illness. The grief-stricken Antoninus secured her deification and issued an immense coinage in her name, the largest for any Roman woman to that point. This attractive aureus falls into the posthumous series. 

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