consecration, the process by which a deceased person became a divine being and was transported to the divine realm to join the pantheon of gods. The eagle of Zeus or the peacock of Juno carried the departed to the heavens. The coins of this issue were the first to depict the peacock of Juno in the context of the consecration of a Roman empress. This association was only natural; as Juno was the heavenly queen, Faustina I was the earthly queen. This week's installment concerns the aurei and denarii bearing the reverse inscription CONSECRATIO and a peacock walking right or left along a scepter – the hasta pura designating Juno’s authority – as well as a quinarius aureus depicting the sacred bird facing with its tail in splendor. These coins were part of a series of issues that commenced in AD 150 to commemorate the tenth anniversary of Faustina's death and deification. On the aurei, the peacock may walk either right or left, and on the denarii, the bust type may be bare-headed or veiled. Slight stylistic variations may occur in the empress's hairstyle. On some specimens, she is depicted with a band or ribbon encircling the head. I will illustrate these variants with museum specimens (gold) and specimens from my own collection (silver and AE). Aureus, peacock walking l., head r., on scepter (RIC 385; BMCRE 478; Cohen 177; Strack 454). British Museum specimen. Aureus, peacock walking r., head l., on scepter (RIC 384; BMCRE 471; Cohen 174; Strack 453). Münzkabinett der Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin specimen. As above, but hairstyle variant bearing a band or ribbon around the head. British Museum specimen. Quinarius aureus, peacock standing front, head l., with tail spread (RIC 386; BMCRE 470; Cohen 179; Strack 455) British Museum specimen. Faustina I, AD 138-140. Roman AR Denarius, 3.10 g, 17.6 mm, 6 h. Rome, AD 150 and later. Obv: DIVA FAVSTINA, bare-headed and draped bust, right. Rev: CONSECRATIO, peacock walking right, head left, on scepter (?). Refs: RIC 384(a); BMCRE 473-75; Cohen 175; Strack 453; RCV 4594; CRE 106. Notes: 112 examples in the Reka Devnia hoard. Faustina I, AD 138-140. Roman AR Denarius, 2.99 g, 17.1 mm, 5 h. Rome, AD 150 and later. Obv: DIVA FAVSTINA, veiled and draped bust, right. Rev: CONSECRATIO, peacock walking right, head left, on scepter (?). Refs: RIC 384(b); BMCRE 476-77; Cohen 176; Strack 453; RCV –; CRE 107. Notes: 15 examples in the Reka Devnia hoard. After the death of Faustina I’s daughter in AD 175, coins were issued for Faustina II with similar reverse types. On examples of these issues, the peacock stands, right with its head facing either right or left, or the peacock may stand facing, head either left or right, with its tail in splendor. Although a single specimen depicting the peacock standing left was described in the Reka Devnia hoard (RIC –; BMCRE 714n; RSC 71b; MIR –), no other examples are known, and confirmation is required. Faustina Jr, AD 161-175. Roman AR denarius, 3.60 g, 17.4 mm, 5 h. Rome, AD 175 or later. Obv: DIVA FAVSTINA PIA, bare-headed and draped bust right. Rev: CONSECRATIO, Peacock standing right, head left. Refs: RIC 744; BMCRE 716-17; RSC 71a; RCV 5215; MIR 58-4/10; CRE 202. Diva Faustina II, AD 147-175. Roman AR denarius, 2.73 g, 17.1 mm, 12 h. Rome, AD 176-180. Obv: DIVA FAVSTINA PIA, bust of Faustina II, draped, right. Rev: CONSECRATIO, peacock standing facing with tail spread, head right. Refs: RIC 743; BMCRE 712-13; Cohen/RSC 70; RCV --; CRE 200. Faustina II, AD 147-175. Roman orichalcum sestertius, 19.27 g, 28.7 mm, 6 h. Rome, AD 176-180. Obv: DIVA FAVSTINA PIA, bust of Faustina II, draped, right. Rev: CONSECRATIO, peacock walking left with tail spread. Refs: RIC 1703; BMCRE 1573-76; Cohen 72; RCV 5228; MIR 60. Please post comments or any coins you feel are relevant! ~~~ Notes 1. Beckmann, Martin. Diva Faustina: Coinage and Cult in Rome and the Provinces. American Numismatic Society, 2012, p. 69 ff.