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Roman Empire, Faustina Sr. (AD 138-140/1) AE Sestertius – NGC Ch. VF (Strike: 5/5, Surface: 3/5) GREAT PEDIGREE

Roman Empire, Faustina Sr. (AD 138-140/1) AE Sestertius – NGC Ch. VF (Strike: 5/5, Surface: 3/5) GREAT PEDIGREE
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Why add this Roman Empire Bronze Sestertius of Faustina Sr. to your collection?

As wife of Roman Emperor Antonius Pius, Faustina Sr. held the title of Augusta from AD 138-141. Devastated by Faustina's death, the Emperor petitioned the Senate to deify her and dedicate a Roman Forum temple to her memory. Antonius also established the "Puellae Faustinianae" (Girls of Faustina) charity to assist the orphaned girls of Rome and had coins such as this Bronze Sestertius struck with Faustina's deified image.

Symbolic Memorial Design

The right facing, draped portrait of Faustina graces the obverse, surrounded by an inscription describing her posthumous divine status "DIVA FAVSTINA."

The reverse features the standing figure of the goddess Vesta holding a long torch in her left hand, while sacrificing with a patera over a flaming altar. Inscribed "CONSECRATIO," referencing Faustina's deification, and "SC." In ancient Roman religion and mythology, Vesta is recognized as a guardian of the Roman people, as the virgin goddess of the hearth, home and family.

Choice Very Fine Bronze Sestertius

This posthumously issued Roman Imperial Bronze Sestertius of Faustina Sr. was reviewed by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's ancient coin experts in the NGC Ancients division. The coin is graded Ch. VF, Choice Very Fine (Sheldon Scale 30-35), with the ancient coin grades of 5/5 for quality of strike and 3/5 for surface condition. It features a beautiful, jade green patina. Additionally, NGC has also authenticated the coin's pedigree back to the auctions of Ars Classica X (1934) and Glendining (1941). The coin is pedigreed to the famous collections of Sir Arthur Evans and E.A. Sydenham, which are both extremely desirable for ancient coins.

Make this beautifully struck Sestertius of Faustina Sr. the next addition to your ancient coin collection!


Grading Service:NGC
Grade:Ch VF