Annia Galeria Faustina the Elder, sometimes referred to as Faustina I, was a Roman empress and wife of the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius. The emperor Marcus Aurelius was her nephew and later became her adopted son. She died early in the principate of Antoninus Pius, but continued to be prominently commemorated as a diva, posthumously playing a prominent symbolic role during his reign.
(18mm, 7.27 gm, 6h) Rome, AD 145-150. On the obverse is the draped bust of Diva Faustina Senior left, seen from the front, wearing thin band, hair elaborately waved in several loops round head, braided, drawn up, and coiled on top with pearls. On the reverse is Fortuna standing facing, veiled head left, patera in outstretched right hand, rudder in left set on the globe. Apparently an extremely rare variety with bust left, unrecorded in most references, in an exceptional state of preservation.
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