I have a little something out of the ordinary for today's installment of Faustina Friday. Today's installment deals not only with Faustina's hairdo or whether or not she's wearing a strand of pearls or a stephane in her hair, but also about ancient errors -- brockages! Most of us know how brockages happen, but not everyone does. So, I'm going to briefly explain, helped along by images courtesy of Peter Lewis, who has an excellent paper online about ancient brockages. Normally, the die for the obverse of a coin was fixed in a metal anvil, and the die for the reverse die was fixed in a metal punch which was hit with a hammer so that the designs on the dies were pressed into the planchet. (Figure 1) A brockage occurs when the coin remains between the two dies and is thereby involved in striking a second coin. Because the second coin usually has the obverse die incused on the reverse (i.e. it is impressed into it like an engraving) it means that the coin typically became stuck to the reverse die. (Figure 2) This coin, now stuck to the reverse die like Lionel Richie ... ... acts like a die and impresses its obverse into the reverse side of a new planchet, creating an incuse and reverse image of the obverse. (Figure 3) I have only two brockages in my entire collection. They are, of course, of Faustina II! The first one was hard to photograph. @Barry Murphy would give it "0/5 surfaces," to be sure, but it's nonetheless cool. It's a provincial -- likely from Moesia Inferior or Thrace on the basis of style -- and bears the inscription ΦΑVCΤΕΙΝΑ CΕΒΑCΤΗ. The empress wears Szaivert's type b hairstyle with a strand of pearls. Assuming a correlation between imperial issues and provincial ones in terms of hairstyle and obverse inscription, the coin can be dated to c. AD 161-165. Faustina II, AD 147-175. Roman provincial Æ 23.9 mm, 7.93 g, 12 h. Uncertain Balkan mint, c. AD 161-165. Obv: ΦΑVCΤΕΙΝΑ CΕΒΑCΤΗ, draped bust, right, wearing circlet of pearls. Rev: Brockage of obverse. The second coin is an imperial dupondius. It has nicer surfaces, but it's not exactly AU 55, if you know what I mean. But its wear means that it circulated a lot! Nobody cared it was an error coin. Nobody took it out of circulation thinking it was an oddity or that selling it on eBay was going to make them rich. They just spent it like every other dupondius they came across. On this one, the empress wears the same coiffure as on the provincial above, Szaivert type b, but with a stephane. The hair detail is worn on the obverse, but you can see her wavy hair in the incuse image on the reverse, which was better protected from circulation wear. This can also be dated to c. AD 161-165. Faustina II, AD 147-175. Roman Æ dupondius, 13.10 g, 24.8 mm, 12 h. Rome, c. AD 161-165. Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust, right, wearing stephane. Rev: Brockage of obverse. Let's see your brockages, other ancient errors, cool coins of Faustina II, or anything you feel is relevant! ~~~ 1. Lewis, Peter E. Ancient Brockage, Centre for Coins, Culture and Religious History, 2020, https://cccrh.files.wordpress.com/2018/06/ancient-brockage.pdf. 2. Szaivert, Wolfgang, Die Münzprägung der Kaiser Marcus Aurelius, Lucius Verus und Commodus (161/192), Moneta Imperii Romani 18. Vienna, 1989, pp. 40 & 230.