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    Pietas Sacrificing

    Diva Faustina Senior, wife of Antoninus Pius (died AD 140/1). AV aureus (20mm, 7.14 gm, 5h). 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 / PIE-TAS AVG, Pietas standing left, holding incense box in left hand and with right hand dropping incense into flaming altar to left. RIC (Antoninus) 394a. BMCRE (Antoninus) 334. Cohen 232. Calic├│ 1794 (S2). Another lovely aureus of this beloved empress, the smooth surfaces enhanced by light reddish toning.

    Pietas, the quality of religious devotion, is personified on Roman coinage as a goddess performing a ritual sacrifice over an altar, as seen here. Although a patriarchal society, Romans placed great emphasis on what might be termed "feminine virtues" and honored them on their coins, particularly those of Roman empresses.


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