Roman Collector Posted July 19, 2022 · Patron Share Posted July 19, 2022 (edited) This is a cool coin. I'm posting it now because there's not enough to say about it to warrant an installment of Faustina Friday. Don't laugh -- it may well be the finest known! Faustina II, AD 147-175. Roman provincial Æ 16.4 mm, 2.77 g, 6 h. Mysia, Pitane, AD 147-161. Obv: ΦΑV-ϹΤЄΙΝΑ ϹЄ•, bare-headed and draped bust, right. Rev: ΠΙΤΑΝ-ΑΙⲰΝ, cornucopia; to left, pentagram. Refs: RPC IV.2, 8132 (temp); Leypold, MÖNG 25 (1985), 87, no. 18. In Greek times, the port city of Pitane in the southernmost portion of Mysia was one of the members of the Aeolian League; these were Temnos, Smyrna, Pitane, Neonteichos, Aegirusa, Notium, Cilla or Killa, Kyme, Gryneum, Larissa, Myrina, and Aegae. It was situated at the mouth of a river, known in ancient times as either the Canaius (Pliny the Elder) or Pitanes (Ptolemy), and had two harbors. Map of Mysia from the Corpus Nummorum. Pitane is in southwest Mysia. The symbol of the city was the pentagram, and it struck coins depicting a pentagram over the course of a few centuries. In the Roman era, the city struck semi-autonomous coins as well as coins depicting the Roman emperor and his family. Coin production appears to have been intermittent during the Roman era, and limited to coins depicting Augustus, Gaius and Lucius, Nero, Trajan, Antoninus Pius, Marcus Aurelius, Faustina the Younger, Septimius Severus, Caracalla, Julia Aquileia Severa, and Severus Alexander. I purchased the coin because it's of Faustina the Younger, but I also like the little pentagram on the reverse. Let's see your coins of Pitane! Edited July 19, 2022 by Roman Collector I have OCD 11 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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