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    Faustina Senior, Lady of Style

    Diva Faustina Senior, wife of Antoninus Pius (died AD 140/1). AV aureus (20mm, 7.25 gm, 6h). NGC AU 5/5 - 4/5. Rome, AD 147-161. DIVA-FAVSTINA, draped bust of Diva Faustina I right, seen from front, hair elaborately waved in several loops around head under thin band, braided, drawn up and coiled on top with pearls / AVG-V-STA, Ceres (or Aeternitas), veiled, standing facing, head left, holding up two short lighted torches, one in each hand. RIC III (Antoninus Pius) 357a. BMCRE (Antoninus) 404. Cohen 75. Calic├│ 1758. Struck in high relief, with exceptional detail in the empress' coiffure and lovely silky surfaces.

    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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