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... and best whishes to the ladies here and to all the ladies in our lives. 

And Happy International Women's day to ... Faustina II!

Last weekend I was trying to watch 2 auctions in parallel. Which is usually a bad idea especially when I wasn't 100% concentrated or having a great target. In the end, there were examples in both auctions I would have liked ... and missed them, but I got 3 coins from one of them. 

The last one is quite a fail, as I overpaid for something having the incorrect impression the coin is worth much more than I paid. Actually, it's the opposite. 

Oh well. 

But on 2 of them I am very happy as both were important targets and they celebrate the same event - finally Marcus Aurelius and Faustina II had not one, but 2 male heirs - Titus Aurelius Fulvus Antoninus and Lucius Aelius Aurelius Commodus (the second being much more well known, because the first died very young). They were born on 31st of August, 161. 


17 mm, 3,13 g.

Faustina II 147-175. AR denarius. Rome. After 31st of August 161 AD.

FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, bare-headed and draped bust, right / TEMPOR FELIC, female figure, standing left, holding an infant in each arm; at either side, two children standing.

RIC 719; BMC 156-157; RSC 221; RCV 5263; CRE 179; MIR 31-4/10a.


27 mm, 13,81 g.

Faustina II 147-175. Ӕ dupondius. Rome. After 31st of August 161 AD.

FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, bust of Faustina II, draped, hair elaborately waved in nearly vertical lines and fastened in a low chignon at back of head, down cheek, curls, right / SAECVLI FELICIT S C, throne (pulvinar), draped and ornamented, on which are two baby boys, Commodus and Antoninus, seated face to face, with stars above their heads.

BMC 991; Cohen 194; RIC 1666 (as); RCV 5302.

Our colleague and specialist in Faustina II (and not only) wrote an excellent write-up here and one I enjoyed a lot here. I highly recommend these articles and I really can't add anything more on top of them. 

These two coins add up to my older types with Faustina and her children - a theme I like to collect. 


17 mm, 3,16 g.
Faustina II 147-175. AR denarius. Rome. Struck December 160.
FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, hair in chignon behind / FECVND AVGVSTAE, Faustina as Fecunditas, standing front, head left, holding infant in each arm, two other young children standing beside her to left and right, holding onto her gown.
RIC III Marcus Aurelius 676; RSC II 95; Sear RCV II 5251; BMCRE 89.

See Foss, Roman Historical Coins, page 143, identifying the two standing children depicted on this coin as Annia Faustina [ Faustina III] (oldest child) and Lucilla (third oldest child), and identifying the two infants in Faustina’s arms as Fadilla (seventh child) and Cornificia (eighth child). The coin was probably issued to celebrate the birth of Cornificia, the then-youngest child, in August 160 AD.


32,9 mm, 23,53 g.
Faustina II. Augusta 147-175. Ӕ sestertius. Rome. 161-176.
FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right / FECVND AVGVSTAE, Fecunditas holding child on each arm, two more children standing right and left; S-C across fields.
RIC 1635 (Aurelius); Banti 56; BMCRE 902 (Aurelius).


17,7 mm, 3,6 g.
Faustina II. Augusta 147-175. AR denarius. Rome. 161-176.
FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, hair waved with two braided bands / FECVNDITAS, Fecunditas standing right, holding scepter and nude male child.
BMC 91; C. 99; RIC 677; RSC 99.

So overall even if the auction did not have the results I was hoping for, I am very pleased with the two new coins. 

Please post Faustina coins with her children or any new ladies added in your collections. 

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The latest lady to be added to my collection

Julia Domna AR Denarius.
IVLIA AVGVSTA, draped bust right / SAECVLI FELICITAS, Isis, wearing polos on head, standing right, left foot on prow, holding Horus; behind, rudder. RIC 577, RSC 174, BMC 75
This variety differs to RIC 645 due to the two ends of the ship. They are of differing heights on RIC 577 as opposed same height on RIC 645.


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A few ancient/medievals of mine featuring women:

This one has Justin II and Sophie. Sophie ruled in her own right after her husband's insanity set in
|Justin II & Sophie (Year 5, 569 - 570), Æ Follis, 31.4mm, 11.83g, Nicomedia, Obv: DN IVUSTINUS PP AVG Justin II and Sophie seated facing forward, each with nimbus, holding globus cruciger and cruciform scepter; Rev: ANNO U, large M surmounted by cross, with B below, NIKO in exergue, Sear 369

And I have an okay three pence of Elizabeth I, a ruler who needs no introduction

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I suppose this is more relevant to Mother's Day, which in the UK is just two days later this year. 

Fausta Nummus, 324-325
London. Bronze, 19mm, 3.56g. Mantled bust right; FLAV MAX FAVSTA AG. Fausta standing facing, looking left, head veiled, with two children (Constantine II and Constantius II) in her arms; SALVS REIPVBLICAE; mintmark PLON (RIC VI, 300).

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First woman to mint coins in her own name.


PAPHLAGONIA, Amastris. Circa 285-250 BCE
AR Stater 23mm, 8.88 g, 12h
Head of Mên right, wearing Phrygian cap decorated with laurel branch and star / Aphrodite seated left, holding in extended right hand Nike, who crowns her with wreath, and cradling lotus-tipped scepter in left arm; rose to left.
Callataÿ, Premier, Group 2, 43 (D17/R21 – this coin); RG 5; HGC 7, 356
Ex Sigmund Collection.
Ex CNG March 1999


This one is a bit controversial because it's typically assigned to Polyperchon. However, he wasn't in Macedon at the time, which was controlled for roughly the period this was minted by Adea Eurydike. Therefore, I argue it should be assigned to her.


Philip III
AR 1/5 Tetradrachm 2.57g
Minted under Eurydike (Adea), Amphipolis, 318-317 BCE
Le Rider Taf. 46, 29; SNG ANS 731–735
Vs.: Kopf des Apollon mit Tänie n. r.
Rs.: Jüngling reitet n. r., unten seitlich gesehener Schild


Berenike II, another woman not to be crossed. When she caught her husband (the king) cheating on her, she killed him.


Ptolemaic Kingdom of Egypt. Berenike II, wife of Ptolemy III
Mint of Heraklea by the Sea or Seleukeia in Pieria
Struck circa 244-241 BCE
Tritartemorion Æ 21mm, 6,74g
Diademed and draped bust right of Berenike II /
 Eagle with closed wings standing left on thunderbolt.
CPE B460; Svoronos 1055; SNG Copenhagen 460


Severina is believed to be the only woman to run the Roman Empire herself.


Severina (wife of Aurelian)
Rome, January – September 275 CE
BI Denarius 2.24g, 18mm, 12h
SEVERINA AVG, diademed and draped bust to right /
VENVS FELIX, Venus standing facing, head to left, holding unidentified object (perfume box, apple?) in right hand and long sceptre in left; Є in exergue.
RIC V.1 6; MER-RIC 1861 (temp.)



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Egypt, Ptolemaic Kingdom, Cleopatra VII, AE 80 drachmae, circa 50-40 BC.

Sear 1871

17.4 grams



Livia, dupondius, 21-22 AD.

RIC 47,  

13.4 grams



Sabina, BI tetradrachm, Alexandria Year 15 130/1 AD.

Cologne-1262; Dattari-2063; BM-918; RPC-5774 (9 specimens)

12.84 grams



Faustina II, Æ Sestertius. Rome, AD 170-175/6. MATRI reverse.  Ex Carmona.  Roma E-Sale 94, lot 900.

Cohen 169; BMCRE 932

25.72 grams



Julia Mamaea, sestertius, 222-235 AD .  VENVS GENERTRIX reverse.

Cohen 74

19.49 grams 



Herennia Etruscilla, Antoninianus, 250 AD, PVDICITIA AVG reverse.

RIC 58b

5.6 grams



And one non-Roman coin:

England, Elizabeth I, crown, mm 1, 1602. 



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As  far as I know, the earliest queen on a western Greek coin.  Likely with more than a  nod to Arsinoe. Philistis, named on the reverse, wife of Hieron II.

Hieron II, 275-216 BC. BC, for Philistis. 16 Litrai ~240/216 BC. BC Veiled head of Philistis, behind star / Nike in slow quadriga, above star, K in field to right.




Her name  is  also  very clear on the  superb theatre above Syracuse. (not my photo)


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Here are a couple of Elizabeth 1 and other well known Queens of the United Kingdom.





Three pence 1578


Then moving on to Anne



Shilling 1708.

Then Victoria



Farthing 1862.

Finally to get back onto ancient topics,


Otacilia Severa AD 244-249. Rome
Antoninianus AR   

22mm., 3,98g.

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Roman Egypt, Alexandria. Commodus, AD 177-192. Billon Tetradrachm (28mm, 12.07g, 12h). Dated RY 30 of Marcus Aurelius (AD 189/190) .Obv: Μ Α ΚΟΜ ΑΝΤⲰ ϹƐΒ ƐΥϹƐΒ; Laureate head right. Rev: Selene bust left, wearing taenia, crescent before; L-A (date) in field to right. Ref: Emmett 2558.30 (R1); Dattari (Savio) 3889; RPC IV.4 3553 (83 examples); Curtis 853.



And next, sweet-voiced Muses, daughters of Zeus, well-skilled in song, tell of the long-winged Moon. From her immortal head a radiance is shown from heaven and embraces earth; and great is the beauty that ariseth from her shining light. The air, unlit before, glows with the light of her golden crown, and her rays beam clear, whensoever bright Selene having bathed her lovely body in the waters of Ocean, and donned her far-gleaming raiment, and yoked her strong-necked, shining team, drives on her long-maned horses at full speed, at eventime in the mid-month: then her great orbit is full and then her beams shine brightest as she increases. So, she is a sure token and a sign to mortal men. - Homeric Hymn

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