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Why purchase this Roman Empire Silver Denarius of Faustina Sr.?
Faustina Sr., also known as Faustina the Elder, was the beloved wife of Roman Emperor Antonius Pius. The Empress was a cherished member of the Roman community, dedicating much of her time towards developing educational programs for young girls. Crushed by her sudden death in AD 140, the Emperor built a temple and established a charity for orphaned girls in Faustina's name. The Senate deified Faustina at the request of the Emperor, who then proceeded to have coinage struck with her image to memorialize her divine status. Minted in Rome during the reign of Antonius Pius, this Silver Denarius of Faustina Sr. measures approximately 18 mm in diameter.
Symbolic Memorial Design
The right facing portrait of Faustina is centered on the obverse, her hair elaborately braided, surrounded by the inscription "DIVA FAVSTINA."
The reverse features the veiled standing figure of Ceres holding a scepter and ears of corn, encircled by the inscription "AVGVSTA." In ancient Roman mythology, Ceres is known as the goddess agriculture, grain and maternal love, and like Faustina, adored for her service to mankind.
Choice Very Fine Silver Denarius
This Roman Imperial Silver Denarius of Faustina Sr. was determined to be in Choice Very Fine (Ch. VF) condition by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's (NGC) ancient coin division. Equivalent to a coin earning a Sheldon Scale grade of 30-35, the coin features sharply struck design elements and remarkable eye appeal.
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|Year of Issue:||AD 138-140/1|
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