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    The Vivacious Faustina

    Diva Faustina Senior, wife of Antoninus Pius (died AD 140/1). AV aureus (19mm, 7.02 gm, 6h). NGC Choice AU ★ 5/5 - 4/5. Rome, AD 147-161.  DIVA FAVSTINA, draped bust of Faustina rigt, hair wound with pearl strands and coiled atop head /  AVG - VSTA, Ceres (or Aeternitas), veiled, standing facing, head left, holding up two short lighted torches, one in each hand. RIC (Antoninus) 357a. BMCRE (Antoninus) 404.  Cohen 75. Calicó 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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