Roman Imperial coin, silver, AR denarius. 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.) during her lifetime, in Rome, c. 139-140 C.E. The draped bust of Faustina Senior faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscription "FAVSTINA AVGVSTA" surrounding image. On reverse, the standing figure of Juno, the goddess of marriage and childbirth and queen of the gods, faces left and holds a patera in her right hand and a scepter in her left with a peacock, the bird of Juno, to her left with the inscriptions "IVNONI REGINAE" to the left and right of images.
Date: 139-141 C.E.
3/4 in. diameter
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), #4669, pg 279
|Credit line||Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas|
|Place of Origin||Europe/Italy/Rome|