Roman Imperial coin, bronze (orichalcum), AE dupondius. Struck during the reign of the emperor Antoninus Pius (Titus Fulvus Aelius Hadrianus Antoninus Augustus Pius) in honor of his wife Faustina Senior (c. 100-140 C.E.) after her death, in Rome, 141 C.E. The draped bust of Faustina Senior faces right in profile on obverse with the inscriptions "DIVA FAVSTINA" surrounding image. On reverse, the standing figure of Aeternitas(the goddess and personification of eternity) faces left and holds globe in her left hand and her right arm extended with the inscriptions "AETERNITAS" surrounding image and "S-C" on left and right of image. Obverse and reverse slightly off struck.
Date: 141 C.E.
Remarks: Faustina Senior was the wife of Antoninus Pius, whom she married before his accession, and mother of Faustina Junior, wife of Marcus Aurelius. Antoninus issued coins with her image during her lifetime and after she died in 141 C.E. he issued extensive commemorative coinage in her honor. Antoninus Pius' coins were minted in Rome.
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2002 (Vol II), #4635, pg 274.
|Credit line||Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas|
|Place of Origin||Europe/Italy/Rome|