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    Ceres Searches the Underworld

    Diva Faustina Senior (AD 138-140/1). AV aureus (19mm, 6.73 gm, 6h). NGC XF 5/5 - 4/5. Rome, AD 147-161. DIVA-FAVSTINA, draped bust of Faustina Senior right, seen from front, hair bound with pearls and coiled atop head / AVG-V-STA, Ceres standing facing, veiled head left, short torch upward in each hand. RIC III (Antoninus Pius) 357a. Calic├│ 1758.

    Ceres, goddess of agriculture and motherhood, was the central figure in Rome's "Plebian Triad," along with Liber and Libera. She is shown on the reverse of this aureus bearing a torch, searching the dark underworld for her daughter Proserpina, who had been borne off by Dis Pater (aka Pluto).


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