Roman Collector Posted December 2, 2022 · Patron Share Posted December 2, 2022 Friday felicitations, fellow Faustina fanatics! Happy December! Whew! The year went by in a blink of an eye! We're coming up on "Top 10 of 2022" time and, in the course of compiling my list, I realized I have never posted one of my favorite acquisitions of the year, a middle bronze of Faustina the Younger with the Venus standing right, arranging drapery on right shoulder and holding apple in her left hand reverse type. So, I figured I had better post it before my top 10 list. Faustina II, 147-175 CE. Roman orichalcum dupondius, 9.19 g, 26.88 mm, 5 h. Rome, end summer 151-June 152 CE. Obv: FAVSTINA AVG ANTONINI AVG PII FIL, bare-headed and draped bust, right (Beckmann type 2 hairstyle). Rev: VENVS S C, Venus standing right, arranging drapery on right shoulder and holding apple in her left hand. Refs: RIC 1410c; BMCRE 2169; Cohen 257; Strack 1312; RCV 4737. Well, if you like it so much, how come you never posted it before? And what's so special about it, anyway? Those are legitimate questions, to be sure. I never posted it before because I have previously mentioned it in the course of writing about the reverse type both here and elsewhere. However, in those installments of Faustina Friday, I illustrated the type with a specimen sold at Bertolami Fine Arts nearly 9 years ago. Bertolami Fine Arts, Auction 8, lot 610, 3 February 2014 = CNG E Auction 298, lot 283, 13 March 2013. As you can see from my previous essays, this reverse type was paired with obverses featuring different inscriptions. This coin is special because it features the FAVSTINA AVG ANTONINI AVG PII FIL legend, used only for about nine months, from the end of summer 151 CE to June 152 CE. The type is quite scarce, being known from only the following examples: Museum specimens Berlin (cited by Strack) London, BMCRE 2169Munich (cited by Strack) Vienna (cited by Strack) Paris (cited by Cohen)Münzkabinett der Universität GöttingenMünzsammlung des Seminars für Alte Geschichte der Albert-Ludwigs-UniversitätSpecimens sold at auction Inasta Auction 87, lot 136, 15 May 2020 (extensively tooled) Specimen sold by CNG and Bertolami illustrated above (fields smoothed on reverse)CGB.FR web shop (obverse die-match to Inasta specimen) HJB specimen contributed to Wildwinds So, when my example came up for auction at Numismad, I knew I had to have it! And it lives happily ever after in RC’s Numophylacium Faustinarum.Post comments or anything you feel is relevant! 15 1 1 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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