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Just received this gorgeous Faustina I denarius, the first Roman empress in my collection.

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Obv: DIVA FAVSTINA.
Draped bust of Faustina, right.
Rev: AETERNITAS.
Aeternitas (or Providentia) standing left, holding globus and billowing veil.
Reference: RIC 351 (Pius); T&M 121.
Weight: 3.44 g.
Diameter: 17.10 mm.

My poor Antoninus Pius finally got companion 😄

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So, to celebrate the reunion of my Faustina I and Antoninus Pius, share any royal couples that you own!

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Nice couple

IT will probably not remain your only empress. Once you have started collecting them you will continue.🙂

Two more couples.

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Kingdom of Elymais
Kamnaskires III with Anzaze
Tetradrachm
Seleukeia on the Hedyphon, circa 82-75 BC
Obv.: Conjoined busts left of Kamnaskires and Queen Anzaze; [monogram above Seleukid anchor behind]; c/m: Nike standing left, within rectangular incuse
Rev.: Zeus seated left, holding sceptre and Nike, who crowns him; BΛCIΛEΩC KΛMNΛIKIPOY KΛI IΛIIΛIICHC ANZAZH (BAΣIΛEΩΣ KAMNΣKIROY KAI BAΣIΛIΣΣHΣ ANZAZHΣ) around, date below (out of flan).
11.88g, 26mm
Ref.: Sunrise 470; Alram 454 and note 548; for c/m, cf. Van't Haaff Type 7.1.1-6.

 

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Nero
Alexandria
Billon-Tetradrachm
Obv.: NEPΩ KΛAY KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEP, Radiate bust right
Rev.: ΠOΠΠAIA ΣEBAΣTH, L IΓ=year 13 (66/67), Draped bust of Poppaea right
Billon, 12.28g, 24mm
Ref.: Geissen 168

 

 

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Very cool!

When I decided to start collecting ancient coins (not that long ago) I didn't know coins with empresses portraits were available.

But on my first coins, there were a Julia Domna and Faustina I denarii and soon enough this theme became one of my major preferences.

Julia Domna and Septimius Severus (this coin, also from my first coins)

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I acquired other coins from them - including one where both are present 🙂

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Here is a non-Roman couple:

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Thrace, unknown mint    Augustus 11 BC - 12 AD     23mm 8.7g ÆΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΡΟΙΜΗΤΑΛΚΟΥ,  jugate heads of Rhoemetalces, diademed, and his queen Pythodoris, r. / ΚΑΙΣΑΡΟΣ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΥ, head of Augustus, r.RPC I, 1711, Youroukova 204–8, pl. XXIV

 

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I like them when the couples are depicted as confronted busts. I have 21 such coins of Gordy and Tranquillina. Here's just one! It must have given the die-engraver carpal tunnel syndrome -- there are sixty-two characters in its legends, if you count the denomination, E, in the field:


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Gordian III, AD 238-244, and Tranquillina, AD 241-244.
Roman provincial Æ pentassarion, 12.34 g, 26.2 mm, 2 h.
Moesia Inferior, Marcianopolis, legate Tertullius, AD 243-244.
Obv: ΑVΤ Κ Μ ΓΟΡΔΙΑΝΟC ΑVΓ CЄΒ ΤΡΑΝΚVΛ-ΛЄΙΝΑ, confronted busts.
Rev: VΠ ΤΕΡΤVΛΛΙΑΝΟV ΜΑΡΚΙΑΝΟΠΟΛI-ΤΩΝ, Nemesis-Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopiae; wheel at feet; E in field, left.
Refs: Varbanov 2052; Moushmov 834; AMNG (Pick) 1185; SNG Cop 260.
 
 
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6 minutes ago, Roman Collector said:

Gordy and Tranquillina

Oh yes... Gordianus and Tranquillina ... is there any new actually historical information about her - after Gordianus died? I know only this information - but its not sure: "After the death of Gordian there is no news of Tranquillina except for a reference to the birth of a daughter in 244 who would be given the name of Furia Antonia whom later married Marcus Marcius Orfito, but this news has not been confirmed."

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Kshemagupta (Possibly minted in his first year of rule as his queens name is not mentioned)
Copper Kaserah or Punchshi 18mm / 5.74gr
Obverse- Goddess Ardochsho/Lakshmi seated facing in half lotus position, with Nagari legend 'kshema' to right
Reverse- King standing facing and sacrificing at altar holding trident, with Nagari legend 'Gupta' bottom right

His wife....

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Diddarani 980-1003 AD
Copper Kaserah or Punchshi 18mm (5.90gr)
Obverse- Goddess Ardochsho/Lakshmi seated facing in half lotus position, with Nagari legend 'Sri to left 'didda' to right
Reverse- Queen standing facing and sacrificing at altar holding trident, with Nagari legend 'Diva' bottom right.

Both names on one coin..

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Di-Kshema 950-957/8 AD
Copper Kaserah or Punchshi 17.50mm
Obverse- Goddess Ardochsho/Lakshmi seated facing in half lotus position, with Nagari legend 'Di' to left 'kshema' to right
Reverse- King standing facing and sacrificing at altar holding trident, with Nagari legend 'Gupta' bottom right

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Nero billon tetradrachm of Alexandria Egypt,
r. bust of Poppea,
LI ry.10 63-64AD
Milne 217, RPC 5275
obv. Radiate head of Nero right
rev. Draped bust of Poppea right, LI before
diameter: 23mm
weight: 12.8g

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I will limit myself to coins depicting both halves of a royal couple, whether on the same or different sides:

Claudius & Messalina:

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Nero & Poppea:

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Domitian & Domitia:

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Caracalla & Plautilla:

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Gordian III & Tranquillina:

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4 hours ago, shanxi said:

Nice couple

IT will probably not remain your only empress. Once you have started collecting them you will continue.🙂

Two more couples.

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Kingdom of Elymais
Kamnaskires III with Anzaze
Tetradrachm
Seleukeia on the Hedyphon, circa 82-75 BC
Obv.: Conjoined busts left of Kamnaskires and Queen Anzaze; [monogram above Seleukid anchor behind]; c/m: Nike standing left, within rectangular incuse
Rev.: Zeus seated left, holding sceptre and Nike, who crowns him; BΛCIΛEΩC KΛMNΛIKIPOY KΛI IΛIIΛIICHC ANZAZH (BAΣIΛEΩΣ KAMNΣKIROY KAI BAΣIΛIΣΣHΣ ANZAZHΣ) around, date below (out of flan).
11.88g, 26mm
Ref.: Sunrise 470; Alram 454 and note 548; for c/m, cf. Van't Haaff Type 7.1.1-6.

 

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Nero
Alexandria
Billon-Tetradrachm
Obv.: NEPΩ KΛAY KAIΣ ΣEB ΓEP, Radiate bust right
Rev.: ΠOΠΠAIA ΣEBAΣTH, L IΓ=year 13 (66/67), Draped bust of Poppaea right
Billon, 12.28g, 24mm
Ref.: Geissen 168

 

 

Thanks @shanxi I'm sure more will come to my small (but expanding) collection

4 hours ago, ambr0zie said:

Very cool!

When I decided to start collecting ancient coins (not that long ago) I didn't know coins with empresses portraits were available.

But on my first coins, there were a Julia Domna and Faustina I denarii and soon enough this theme became one of my major preferences.

Julia Domna and Septimius Severus (this coin, also from my first coins)

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I acquired other coins from them - including one where both are present 🙂

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Here is a non-Roman couple:

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Thrace, unknown mint    Augustus 11 BC - 12 AD     23mm 8.7g ÆΒΑΣΙΛΕΩΣ ΡΟΙΜΗΤΑΛΚΟΥ,  jugate heads of Rhoemetalces, diademed, and his queen Pythodoris, r. / ΚΑΙΣΑΡΟΣ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΥ, head of Augustus, r.RPC I, 1711, Youroukova 204–8, pl. XXIV

 

@ambr0zie I'm eyeing for a Julia Domna to join my Septimius Severus, hopefully won't take long

3 hours ago, Prieure de Sion said:

This was my royal dream couple... but they don't know that...

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Just googled what happened to his couple.... what a tragedy, but not so surprising when you married one of the most bloodthirsty  emperors in Rome

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7 minutes ago, Fortuna Redux said:

 I'm eyeing for a Julia Domna to join my Septimius Severus, hopefully won't take long

An empress with a bunch of wonderful coins. I highly recommend RIC IV Septimius Severus 536 😝

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A relatively new addition; Constantine VI and Irene [right side of photo] 780-797, SB 1591.  With apologies to the Emperor for that encrustation!

Edited to add:  Leo III, Constantine V and Leo IV on obverse  

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The Nabateans were good at couples on coins.

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Petra. Bronze, 14.2mm, 2.39g. Laureate and draped busts of Rabbel and Hagru conjoined. Crossed cornucopiae, inscription between them הגרו / רבאל (Rabbel / Hagru) (Meshorer 164).

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Here are two coins that I purchased as a Christmas gift for a person (and his wife) who is a business mentor of mine. So, these are no longer in my collection, actually they were never in my collection but only held until they were gifted.

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Antoninus Pius, Roman Emperor from 138-161 AD, Silver Denarius (3.15g, 18mm), struck at Rome 145-161 AD. Obverse: Laureate Head of Antoninus Pius facing to right, legend around, “ΛNTONINVS ΛVG PIVS P P”. Reverse: Lightning bolt placed upon draped altar, legend around, “COS IIII”. RIC-137. Very minor edge crack at 8h, otherwise a lovely round flan showcasing portraiture of quite attractive style. Extremely Fine / near Extremely Fine.
 

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Divis Faustina I ‘the Elder’, Roman Empress from 138-140 AD, Silver Denarius (3.34g, 18mm), struck at Rome circa 147-161 AD under Antoninus Pius. Obverse: Draped Bust of Faustina I 'Senior' facing to right, her hair waved and coiled, legend around, “DIVA FAVSTINA”. Reverse: Ceres stands facing left, veiled and holding long torch in her right hand, her left arm by her side with drapery fold falling over it, legend around, “AVGVSTA”. Sear-4584; RSC-104. A very attractive coin struck under Antoninus Pius to deify his late wife – an extensive series that spanned all denominations. Good Extremely Fine / Extremely Fine.

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The Antonine family tree:

Marcus Aurelius, husband of Faustina II

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Faustina II, wife of Marcus Aurelius

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Antoninus Pius, father in law of Marcus

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I completed a type set of denarii of the Five Good Emperors. However, I’m missing quite a few emperors and empresses of the Antonine lineage. I still need Lucius Verus, Faustina Senior, Commodus, Lucilla, and Crispina to complete my Antonine family tree.

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Some other couples, on separate coins

Gallienus and Salonina

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Lucius Verus and Lucilla

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Commodus and Crispina

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Elagabal and Julia Paula

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Caracalla and Plautilla

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Philip the Arab and Otacilia Severa

 

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Trajan Decius and Herennia Etruscilla

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Hadrian and Sabina

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Severus Alexander and Orbiana

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Claudius and Agrippina

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Here is another couple. Marcus Aurelius and Faustina II.

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Marcus Aurelius, AD 161-180
Æ Sestertius, Rome mint, struck AD 170-171.
Dia.: 32 mm
Wt.: 25.1 g
Obv.: IMP M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXV; Laureate head right.
Rev.: PRIMI/DECEN/NALES/COS III/SC within wreath.
Reference: RIC III 1006. Scarce.
Ex Theodosius Collection, Ex Sallent Collection, ex-JAZ Numismatics.

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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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Bronze coin (AE 22) minted at Ephesus during the reign of AUGUSTUS & LIVIA between 27 B.C. – 14 A.D. Obv. Conjoined heads r., of AUGUSTUS laur. & LIVIA. Rev. Stag std. r., quiver above. GIC #183 pg.17.

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Bronze Provincial Coin (AE24) minted at Cnossos on Crete, for CLAUDIA OCTAVIA, first wife of NERO, between 55 - 60 A.D. Obv. NERO.CLAV.CAES.AVG.IMP.LVPINO.VOLVMNIO.II. Bare hd. of NERO r., dr. and scepter at shoulder. Rev. Confronting busts of CLAUDIA OCTAVIA, dr. at l. with crescent above, and NERO, at r., bare with star above. VAGI #732. GIC #655.

 

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Wonderful coins in this thread..

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Galeria Valeria AD 305-311, AE follis of Thessalonica. 27.63mm/ 5.79 grams
Obverse > GAL VALE-RIA AVG, Diademed bust facing, head right, hair weaved in rows and curled around side of head at base of neck, wearing embroidered robes with two necklaces.
Reverse > VENERI V-ICTRICI,Venus standing facing, head left, apple in uplifted right hand, raising drapery over left shoulder with left hand. Star in left field,Gamma in right field.
Mintmark > dot SM dot TS dot. RIC VI #36 Thessalonica ; Officina 3, AD December 308- May 310.

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Galerius Maximianus as Caesar AE Follis minted 297 AD..11,46 g. 25 mm.
Obv: GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS NOB CAES. Laureate Head right
Rev: GENIO POPVLI ROMANI/ (crescent)/ D// ANT. Genius standing left, holding cornucopiae and patera.
RIC VI # 49b Antioch
From an old collection formed in the 1920s. Ex Münzhandlung Kallai, Vienna.

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