Roman Imperial coin, silver, AR denarius. Struck during the reign of emperor Antoninus Pius (Titus Fulvus Aelius Hadrianus Antoninus Augustus Pius) in honor of his daughter Faustina Junior (c. 125 - 130-175 C.E.) during her lifetime, in Rome, 145-161 C.E. The head of Faustina Junior wears a diadem and faces right, on obverse with the inscriptions "FAVSTINAE AVG PII AVG FIL" surrounding image. On reverse, the standing figure of Pudicitia, the goddess and personification of the virtues of modesty and sexual virtue, faces left and tugs at her toga with her left hand and raises her right arm with the inscription "PVDICITIA" on left and right of image. A sizable section of the top edge of coin missing, rendering the inscriptions difficult to decipher.
Date range: 145-161 C.E.
Remarks: Annia Galeria Faustina was the younger daughter of Antoninus Pius and Faustina Senior, and was married to Marcus Aurelius in 145 C.E. She was given the title of Augusta on the birth of her first child in 146 C.E., and she subsequently bore many children, one of whom was the future emperor Commodus. She accompanied her husband on his journey to the East in 175 C.E. and died at Halala, a village at the foot of the Taurus Mountains. Marcus Aurelius'
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2002 (Vol II), #4706, pg 283
|Title||Faustina Junior Augusta|
|Credit line||Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas|
|Place of Origin||Europe/Italy/Rome|