FAUSTINA JR.
Wife of Marcus Aurelius

Reigned: 161-175 A.D.

  ANNIA GALERIA FAVSTINA, born about 127 to Antoninus Pius and Faustina Sr., was engaged by Hadrian to Lucius Verus, but when Pius became Augustus on July 10, 138 he broke the engagement and engaged her to Marcus Aurelius. Due to her age the wedding was postponed until 145, with her first of perhaps thirteen children (including Commodus) being born in November of 147, when she received the title of Augusta. She accompanied Aurelius on some campaigns and trips, and was with him when she died at Halala in Cappadocia in late 175. She was deified, and Halala was re-founded as Faustinopolis. (From MONETA, from www.numus.com)

 

The Denarii

Silver Denarius 17.6mm (2.63gm) Struck 161-175 A.D. Rome

Obv: FAVSTINAE AVG P II AVG FIL Diademed and draped bust right.

Rev: VENVS Venus standing left holding an apple and dolphin entwined anchor.

RIC 517a, Cohen 266, Sear 4708  Tom Mullally Collection



Silver Denarius 18mm (3.33gm) Struck 161-176 A.D. Rome

Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA. Draped bust right.

Rev: FECVNDITAS. Fecundity standing right holding scepter and child.

RIC III 677 SR 5252, VM 13.    Mark Lehman Collection


Silver Denarius 17mm Struck 127-175 A.D.

Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA Bare head right, with bun of hair on nape of neck

Rev: SALVS Salus standing left, holding a patera to feed a snake rising from an altar

RIC 715 C, 197, Van Meter 25 var   Harry Stewart Collection

 

The Sestertii


Orichalcum Sestertius 30mm, 23.18gm Struck 161-175 A.D. Rome

Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA. Draped bust right.

Rev: DIANA LVCIFERA S - C. Diana standing left holding long, transverse torch.

RIC III 1628, Cf, SR 5272, VM 37.   Mark Lehman Collection



Orichalcum Sestertius 31mm, 21.95gm Struck 161-175 A.D. Rome

Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA. Draped bust right.

Rx: FECVND AVGVSTAE S - C. Faustina as Fecunditas standing left holding two babies, between two children.

RIC III 1635 (M. Aur), VM 38.   Mark Lehman Collection


Orichalcum Sestertius 31mm, 27.70gm 174-175 A.D. Rome

Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA. Draped bust right.

Rev: MATRI CASTRORVM; SC in ex. Fausina standing left sacrificing from patera over altar and holding box of incense; before her, 3 standards.

RIC III 1659 , SR 5280, VM 43.   Mark Lehman Collection

 

The Asses


Copper As 24mm Struck 156-175 A.D. Rome

Obv FAVSTINA AVGVSTA. Draped bust right.

Rev: SALVTI AVGVSTAE S C Salus seated left feeding snake twined around altar

RIC III 1670      Kevin Ingleston Collection