Diva Faustina Senior (AD 138-140/1). AR denarius (19mm, 3....Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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Pvellae Favstinianae Charity Issue
Diva Faustina Senior (AD 138-140/1). AR denarius (19mm, 3.07 gm,
6h). NGC Choice Fine 4/5 - 4/5. Rome, after AD 141. DIVA
AVG-FAVSTINA, draped bust of Diva Faustina Senior right, seen from
front, hair elaborately waved in several loops with pearls around
head, braided, drawn up and coiled on top / PVELLAE-FAVSTINIANAE,
Antoninus Pius seated left on platform on right, woman standing
left beside him, both leaning forward to receive a small girl
carried by a male standing right on ground below; another male
running left on ground along the platform and hurrying another
small girl. RIC III (Antoninus Pius) 399a. Extremely rare - only
one example found in sales archives.
From the Morris Collection
This reverse type refers to the Puellae Faustinianae, or the "Girls of Faustina", the charity that Antoninus Pius established in memory of his wife, Faustina Senior, after her death in AD 141. The charity was to provide for the poor girls of the city and the figures on the platform are likely Antoninus Pius and Faustina receiving the little girls who are to be the recipients of their charity.
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