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    Ceres Searches the Underworld

    Diva Faustina Senior, wife of Antoninus Pius (died AD 140/1). AV aureus (19mm, 7.01 gm, 6h). NGC Choice AU 5/5 - 4/5. Rome, AD 147-161. DIVA FAVSTINA, draped bust of Faustina right, hair bound with pearls and coiled atop her head / AVGVSTA, Ceres standing left, holding short torch in right hand and long scepter in left arm. RIC (Antoninus) 356. BMCRE (Antoninus) 395-397. Cohen 95. Calic├│ 1763. A simply lovely piece, with a deep, detailed strike and reflective fields.

    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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