Faustina Friday -- Coins of British Association

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  1. Roman Collector

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    I want to thank @Marsyas Mike for pointing out the existence of "Coins of British Association," discussed in this fascinating thread. Apparently, these were issued exclusively for use in Britain.

    I have two such coins, both middle bronzes of Faustina II minted under the authority of her father, Antoninus Pius:

    Faustina Jr, Augusta AD 147-175.
    Roman Æ as or dupondius, 11.41 g, 23.8 mm.
    Rome, AD 152-156.
    Obv: FAVSTINA AVG PII AVG FIL, bare-headed and draped bust, right.
    Rev: FELICITAS SC, Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus, left hand on hip.
    Refs: RIC (Pius) 1395; BMCRE 2187; Cohen 108; RCV --.

    Here is the relevant listing in Sam Moorhead's article:

    Faustina Jr FELICITAS S C dupondius Moorehead listing.JPG

    Another example is this rather scarce dupondius.

    Faustina Jr, under Antoninus Pius, 147-161.
    Roman orichalcum dupondius, 11.60 gm, 25.5 mm, 2 h
    Rome, AD 152-156.
    Obv: FAVSTINA AVG PII AVG FIL, bare-headed and draped bust, right
    Rev: VENVS S C, Venus standing left, holding apple and leaning elbow against a column
    Refs: RIC --; BMCRE p. 856 *; Cohen 271; RCV --.

    The relevant listing from Moorhead's article:

    Faustina Jr Venus and column Dupondius Moorehead listing.JPG

    Post anything you feel is relevant!
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  3. Inspector43

    Inspector43 72 Year Collector

    I just started cleaning this and think it is a Faustina. I would like to know before I go too far. It is nice to have some recognition of the end result before starting. For the purposes of this thread, I feel it is relevant. 200918074652554.jpg 200918074622177.jpg
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  4. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Well thank you, RC. That's nice of you to say.

    Here's my "British Association" Faustina II RIC 1395:


    Faustina II Æ As
    (c. 153-155 A.D.)
    Rome Mint

    FAVSTINA AVG PII AVG FIL, draped bust right / FELICITAS SC, Felicitas standing left with caduceus, left hand on hip.
    RIC (Pius) 1395; Cohen 108
    (10.10 grams / 25 mm)
    "British Association" type.
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  5. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    There are others on CT that have far more informed guesses than I do, but I don't think that's Faustina - the reverse SC is too large. I'm thinking Julio-Claudian - Claudius or Caligula, or an Augustus/Agrippa/Tiberius. Well worth pursuing in a cleaning project!
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  6. curtislclay

    curtislclay Well-Known Member

    In Num. Chron. 149, 1989, pp. 209-224, I wrote a review article of David Walker's treatment of the Roman coins from the Sacred Spring at Bath, and pointed out a number of Antonine types that were apparently also "British Association", though Walker had not recognized them as such.
  7. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    That's likely an as of Claudius, RIC 116, BMC 206-7:

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