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    Understated Elegance

    Diva Faustina Senior, wife of Antoninus Pius (died AD 140/1). AV aureus (19mm, 6.99 gm, 6h). NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 5/5. Rome, under Antoninus Pius, AD 141-147. DIVA AVGVS-TA FAVSTINA, draped bust of Faustina right, hair wound with pearls and coiled atop head / No legend, Juno (?) standing facing, head left, raising right hand and holding long scepter in left. RIC (Antoninus) 404c. Cohen --. Calic├│ 1738 (R2). Rare and seldom offered. An elegant piece with a beautifully understated anepigraphic (sans legend) reverse.

    The scepter-bearing goddess on the reverse of this attractive type is unnamed, but believed to be Juno, queen of the gods and consort of Jupiter. As such she would be analogous to Faustina herself, the deified wife of the Emperor Antoninus Pius. This aureus was struck in the period following Faustina's death in AD 141 as the legend still names her as DIVA AVGVSTA FAUSTINA. In AD 147, Antoninus's daughter Faustina Junior was named Augusta, and this title disappears from the coinage of her mother.


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