Picked up this big chunk of Bronze recently and thought I'd share it here... It was cheap and although quite worn still depicts a nice portrait of the Empress and I also liked the Phoenix on globe reverse...
Sestertii are quite addictive epecially when holding them in hand as they do feel very impressive!..
Diva Faustina Senior. Æ Sestertius (32mm, 21.19 g.)
Rome mint, struck under Antoninus Pius, circa AD 146-161.
Obv. DIVA FAVSTINA draped bust right.
Rev. AETERNITAS S-C seated left, holding scepter and globe surmounted by phoenix....RICIII #1103 (Antoninus Pius)
Reddish-brown patina.What is interesting about this coin is its Ric reference. All the 1103s I've looked at have the S C in the exergue? Any ideas?
Here are the 3 in my set at the moment..
Diva Faustina Sr, AR Denarius, Rome Mint, 18mm, 3.08 grams.
Ob..DIVA-FAVSTINA, draped bust right
Rev.AETER-NITAS, Aeternitas, standing front, facing left, holding globe, veil billowing out around her head and behind her....RIC#351, RSC 32, BMC 373
Faustina Major (138-140) Lifetime issue Denarius (2,81g, c. 16/18mm), Rome mint, 139-141 AD.
Obv.: FAVSTINA - AVGVSTA, draped bust right.
Rv.: IVNONI - REGINAE, Juno standing, facing, head left., holding patera and sceptre, peacock at feet.
RIC#338, RSC 215.
Here she is with hubby...Interestingly the reverse of the A.P Sestertius portrays their daughter as Pietas and three of their grandchildren...Pietas standing left, between Faustina Minima, Lucilla & holding baby Fadilla.