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 Posted 01/24/2022  4:38 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
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. 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..
Top Left..
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
Top Right..
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.
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 Posted 01/24/2022  7:30 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Bob L to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice set of Faustinas, Paul. Uh, Faustinae? I used to own a very similar looking sestertius, but don't recall if it was senior or junior.
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 Posted 01/25/2022  8:19 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Novicius to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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Nice set of Faustinas, Paul.



I do enjoy your themed sets, Paul. It is nice to see the coins side by side for comparison.
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 Posted 01/26/2022  6:28 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks Bob and Jim.....In hand as I said these big Bronzes have quite a powerful impact as basically they feel like money!..If you get my drift?....Maybe it's just me?
I do enjoy adding different denominations of particular emperors/empresses to give some depth....It also leads you onto the Provincials which I am very interested in at the moment...Thanks again Paul
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