Posthumous Silver Denarius of Faustina Sr. AD 138 – 140/1
The Roman Denarius was one of the most widely circulated coins in the ancient world. First issued in 211B.C. the Denarius remained in use for more than 450 years. Emperors from Nero onward gradually replaced the silver with other base metals, rendering the coin virtually worthless by the end of circulation. Approximately 21mm, the Faustina Sr. Denarius is a mixture of silver with other base metals.
Empress Faustina Sr.
Empress Faustina Sr. was married to Antoninus Pius. She concentrated on the educational advancement of young girls, and her kindness and gregarious nature made her beloved in Rome. Married for 30 years, Emperor Antoninus was devastated by her death and posthumously had the Senate deify her. He proceeded to construct the TEMPLE OF FAUSTINA in the Roman Forum and for many years Rome posthumously minted her image on the Denarius. The obverse depicts the regal Empress Faustina draped right bust surrounded by the text "DIVA FAVSTINA” (Divine Faustina). The reverse shows Ceres standing half left, stalks of grain in right, long torch in left and inscribed “AVGVSTA”.
The Grade Choice Extremely Fine from NGC Ancients
A silver Denarius from the "Golden Age of Rome", this coin was struck nearly 2,000 years ago. This coin is Certified CH XF, Choice Extremely Fine, by NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation) with a comparable Sheldon Scale Equivalent of 45. This specimen Denarius featuring Empress Faustina Sr. will be a treasured part of your collection. Purchase today from MCM!
Few ancient coins are as recognizable as the Roman Denarius. This small silver coin carries massive historical significance. Produced from 211 BC until the middle of the 3rd century AD, this denomination served as the backbone of Roman coinage and was the inspiration behind many later European coins. ModernCoinMart carries a very large selection of these Denarii, at very affordable prices!