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Help With Ancient ID | Faustina Sestertius - Repro?

 
 
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 Posted 08/11/2009  12:12 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Jeff 11 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Hi, I have another ancient probably Roman coin I need help with, and thoughts on ID would help. Jeff





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 Posted 08/11/2009  2:25 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I believe this is a coin of Faustina I 100-141 AD, wife of the emperor Antoninus Pius. The obverse inscription looks like DIVA AVGVSTA FAVSTINA. The reverse appears to be Faustina riding in a carriage holding a torch be pulled by two elephants to the right.
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 Posted 09/04/2009  01:24 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yep. There's a sestertius listed in Sear with this design: statue of Juno seated, being pulled by two elephants driven by mahouts (Sear #4627). It's dated in Sear to 142 AD, the year the Temple to Diva Faustina was dedicated. The scene depicted could well have been from the dedication ceremony, with the statue of the new goddess hauled through the city in this fashion.

The Temple of Faustina, later co-dedicated to her husband Antoninus Pius and converted to a church in the middle ages, still stands in the Roman Forum, one of the better-preserved Roman temples. Wikipedia article.
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 Posted 09/04/2009  01:33 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Sap to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Addendum: I've just noticed this coin is listed in the FORVM fake database, and it looks like a very close match. See here and No.2 on this page.

Sorry, but it looks like you've got a tourist copy, probably sold right there at the temple ruins.
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 Posted 09/04/2009  08:46 am  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
I would say that it's pretty close to an exact match. They did a good job with the patina. I agree with sap, it's a copy.
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 Posted 09/04/2009  8:45 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Archraz to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Yeah, I agree that this one looks quite good, but is probably fake. IN fact, I think that I see a seam on the bottom edge of the coin in both pics.
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