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Here is my recent CNG auction win. It is a Faustina Junior sestertius with three children (Annia Faustina, Lucilla, and Fadilla) on the reverse design. I have a small group of Faustina Junior coins with one, two, four and six children. This one is a great complement to my sub-collection.  😀

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Faustina Junior. Augusta, AD 161. Æ Sestertius (32mm, 23.18 g, 12h). Rome mint.
Struck under Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus
Obv: Draped bust right, hair waved and fastened in chignon with a band of pearls low at back of head
Rev: Juno, holding infant, standing left between two young girls.
RIC III 1649; MIR 18,18-6a; Banti 75.
CNG e-Auction 526, November 2022.

 

The others in my sub-collection are here:

Faustina Jr 1 Kid-cutout.jpg

Faustina Jr 2 kids.jpg

Faustina Jr 4 Kids.jpg

Faustina Jr 6 kids.jpg

Please post if you have Faustina coins with children in the reverse design. Thanks!

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I remember reading a post from @DonnaML about the names of the six children on the coins. Just found it! It is at:

https://www.cointalk.com/threads/faustina-ii-with-one-child-with-2-3-4-6-children-plus-other-empresses-with-children.384702/#post-7818766

I am surely inspired by the post. 🙂

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Beautiful coin, @happy_collector! I date the issue to AD 159, based upon the dated analogous reverse type of a sestertius of Antoninus Pius. The three children must therefore be Lucilla, Faustina III, and newborn Fadilla. Here are my coins with this reverse type.

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Faustina II, AD 147-175.
Roman orichalcum sestertius, 26.31 g, 29 mm, 12 h.
Rome, AD 159.
Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, bare-headed and draped bust, right.
Rev: IVNONI LVCINAE, Juno standing left between two children, holding a third child on left arm.
Refs: RIC 1649; BMCRE 918; Cohen 136; RCV 5277; MIR 18.

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Faustina II, AD 147-175.
Roman orichalcum dupondius, 13.23 g, 25.1 mm, 6 h.
Rome, AD 159.
Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, bare-headed and draped bust, right.
Rev: IVNONI LVCINAE, Juno standing left between two children, holding a third child on left arm.
Refs: RIC 1650; BMCRE p. 541, *; Cohen 137; RCV 5298; MIR 18.

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Antoninus Pius, AD 138-161.
Roman orichalcum sestertius, 23.46 g, 32.3 mm, 12 h.
Rome, AD 159 - 160.
Obv: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXIII, laureate head, right.
Rev: PIETATI AVG COS IIII, Pietas, standing facing, head left, holding globe in extended right hand and child on left arm; on either side of her, small girl standing, raising one hand.
Refs: RIC 1031; BMCRE 2088-90; Cohen 621; Strack 1192; RCV 4205.

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Faustina II  Sestertius

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FAVSTINA AVGVSTA

TEMPOR FELIC S / C

RIC III 1674 ,  21.18 gr  ,  30.38 mm

 

Faustina II  Denarius

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FAUSTINA AUGUSTA

buste r.

SAECULI FELICIT

Pulvinar with Commodus and Antoninus

Denarius   , A.D 176  ,  3.24 gr ,  17.27 mm

RIC III 711

 

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11 hours ago, Roman Collector said:

Beautiful coin, @happy_collector! I date the issue to AD 159, based upon the dated analogous reverse type of a sestertius of Antoninus Pius. The three children must therefore be Lucilla, Faustina III, and newborn Fadilla. Here are my coins with this reverse type.

2072452511_FaustinaJrIVNONILVCINAESCsestertius.jpg.9f75675481b9cab882620fa64c8a9f02.jpg
Faustina II, AD 147-175.
Roman orichalcum sestertius, 26.31 g, 29 mm, 12 h.
Rome, AD 159.
Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, bare-headed and draped bust, right.
Rev: IVNONI LVCINAE, Juno standing left between two children, holding a third child on left arm.
Refs: RIC 1649; BMCRE 918; Cohen 136; RCV 5277; MIR 18.

2013447974_FaustinaJrIVNONILVCINAESCdupondius.jpg.824757b862f721c6ce5083ef050cd5df.jpg

Faustina II, AD 147-175.
Roman orichalcum dupondius, 13.23 g, 25.1 mm, 6 h.
Rome, AD 159.
Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, bare-headed and draped bust, right.
Rev: IVNONI LVCINAE, Juno standing left between two children, holding a third child on left arm.
Refs: RIC 1650; BMCRE p. 541, *; Cohen 137; RCV 5298; MIR 18.

1367659233_AntoninusPiusPIETATIAVGCOSIIIIFecunditasSestertius.jpg.38ec99bcf9a04a3c988ca092ece29a8b.jpg
Antoninus Pius, AD 138-161.
Roman orichalcum sestertius, 23.46 g, 32.3 mm, 12 h.
Rome, AD 159 - 160.
Obv: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXIII, laureate head, right.
Rev: PIETATI AVG COS IIII, Pietas, standing facing, head left, holding globe in extended right hand and child on left arm; on either side of her, small girl standing, raising one hand.
Refs: RIC 1031; BMCRE 2088-90; Cohen 621; Strack 1192; RCV 4205.

Very nice collection of coins with three children on the reverse, @Roman Collector. I am putting the Antoninus Pius sestertius on my watchlist. 🙂 

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5 hours ago, mc9 said:

Faustina II  Sestertius

fau_1280x630.jpg.67417de01189b56b5507e10f56e6da11.jpg

FAVSTINA AVGVSTA

TEMPOR FELIC S / C

RIC III 1674 ,  21.18 gr  ,  30.38 mm

 

Faustina II  Denarius

fau2.jpg.59c6d61e6a7b72fcf0c98c05af045363.jpg

FAUSTINA AUGUSTA

buste r.

SAECULI FELICIT

Pulvinar with Commodus and Antoninus

Denarius   , A.D 176  ,  3.24 gr ,  17.27 mm

RIC III 711

 

Very nice coins, @mc9. I especially like your sestertius. Cool Faustina portrait! Thanks for sharing.  

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Nice example @happy_collector! Great detail. I do love the high five bed-babies type also.

Here is my Faustina II example.

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Roman Empire
Faustina II, daughter of Antoninus Pius and wife of Marcus Aurelius 
AE Sestertius, Rome mint, struck ca. AD 156
Dia.: 33mm
Wt.: 26.11g 
Obv.: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA AVG PII F; Draped bust right 
Rev.: S-C; Diana standing left, holding bow and arrow
Ref.: C 206; RIC A. Pius 1383; BMCRE 2194
From a European Collection formed in the 1980s with tag

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5 minutes ago, Curtisimo said:

Nice example @happy_collector! Great detail. I do love the high five bed-babies type also.

Here is my Faustina II example.

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Roman Empire
Faustina II, daughter of Antoninus Pius and wife of Marcus Aurelius 
AE Sestertius, Rome mint, struck ca. AD 156
Dia.: 33mm
Wt.: 26.11g 
Obv.: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA AVG PII F; Draped bust right 
Rev.: S-C; Diana standing left, holding bow and arrow
Ref.: C 206; RIC A. Pius 1383; BMCRE 2194
From a European Collection formed in the 1980s with tag

Thanks, @Curtisimo. Your sestertius has a great portrait as well! 

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27 minutes ago, Romancollector said:

Unfortunately, I don't have a sestertius of Faustina II or any coin of her, but I recently picked up this sestertius of Faustina I from CNG. 

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Ex Niclovitz Collection (L. Hamburger [76], 19 October 1925), lot 1000.

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What a superb portrait and great provenance, @Romancollector!  Thanks for sharing. 

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On 11/10/2022 at 4:27 PM, happy_collector said:

Very nice coins, @mc9. I especially like your sestertius. Cool Faustina portrait! Thanks for sharing.  

Thanks for the response, pay attention to the 'eye' to hang the garment.
 
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