ambr0zie Posted January 27 · Member Share Posted January 27 (edited) Ladies and gentlemen, today is a special edition of Faustina Friday, after the initial show, hosted, as usually, by @Roman Collector, we have the second one, where I present my first Faustina sestertius. One of first ladies appearing on Roman coins that are truly affordable, as any collector can easily get a coin with her portrait without breaking the bank. If getting a Sabina is also easy (ish), the previous ladies appearing on imperial coins are very tough. I noticed an auction a few weeks ago - I wasn't very eager to participate, but I said why not. I had a very modest budget allocated for it so I knew in the best case scenario I would get 2 coins. Ended with this one and it finally arrived, after a loooooong time because it appears the post delivered it on foot. DIVA FAUSTINA I, Died 140/1 AD. AE, Sestertius. Rome. 26.39 g. 32.15 mm. AD 155-161. DIVA FAVSTINA, bust of Faustina I, draped, right, hair elaborately waved and coiled in bands across head and drawn up at back and piled in a round coil on top / AETERNITAS SC, Aeternitas standing left, holding phoenix on globe and lifting fold of skirt. RIC III Antoninus Pius 1105a; BMC 1490; RCV 4607; Cohen 12 Although this doesn't fulfill my collecting strategies (I prefer the reverses to be as dynamic and original/unique as possible) I liked the portrait very much. And I was hoping for this color - I find it spectacular. Sometimes I "guess" how the coin really looks based on the original pics from the house. My picture is much closer to the reality AND I like the coin more than I expected. Original picture: A great write-up about these issues was provided by @Roman Collector here Not much to be added. I find very interesting that this type of Sestertius has a very large number of dies. I checked and found a lot of different dies (some not showing the globe; the phoenix sits directly on the hand). But could not find a die match, showing the phoenix standing with the head turned left (I think?!) and touching the R in the legend exactly under it. Let's see Faustina I sestertii, or coins with green toning, or whatever you think it fits. Edited January 27 by ambr0zie better picture 21 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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