Faustina Friday -- Darkly Toned Silver

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Roman Collector, Mar 19, 2021.

  1. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    This is a new arrival to my Numophylacium Faustinae. I purchased it because it depicts the empress wearing the stephane,* an example of which was lacking in my collection on a denarius of this particular reverse type.

    The Laetitia reverse type was large issue, issued under Marcus Aurelius AD 161-164, which I have previously discussed. The issue possibly refers to the birth of M. Annius Verus in AD 162, but this is far from certain. This reverse type was used for the aureus, denarius, sestertius and middle bronze denominations. Not only may the empress appear bare-headed, wearing a single or double strand of pearls, or a stephane, but Laetitia may appear standing right or left, with mirror-image reverse types. In the denarius denomination, the stephaned bust is the more commonly encountered in the market, though none of the bust types are particularly hard to come by.

    This denarius is darkly toned, almost black, which is not how most of us like our silver. But the portrait is of fine style and the coin is well-centered and pleasing. I like it! Paint it black!!

    Let's see your darkly toned silver, stephaned empresses, Laetitia issues, or anything you feel is relevant!

    Faustina Jr LAETITIA standing left denarius stephane.jpg
    Faustina II, AD 147-175.
    Roman AR denarius, 3.41 g, 18.7 mm, 11 h.
    Rome, AD 161-164.
    Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, wearing stephane.
    Rev: LAETITIA, Laetitia standing facing, head left, holding wreath and scepter.
    Refs: RIC 701; BMCRE 129-131; Cohen 148; RCV --; MIR 21-4/10b diad.; CRE 198.

    *I am in the process of writing a more comprehensive article about the stephane on Roman coins. Stay tuned!
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  3. JayAg47

    JayAg47 Well-Known Member

    A dark toned Titus as Caesar!
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  4. happy_collector

    happy_collector Well-Known Member

    Interesting coin and nice writeup, RC.
    Here is my only Faustina Junior with stephane.
    I recalled seeing a Roman coin, possibly from Julia Domna or on a Sestertius, that shows some designs (I forget if it is a wave design or dot) on the stephane. Looking forward to RC's future writeup on the topic. :)
  5. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    Nice stephane! Here's some dark toning (but not quite as dark!) on a coin of her father:

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  6. jamesicus

    jamesicus Supporter! Supporter

    Although most of the denarii in my collection have the usual shiny silver surfaces from cleaning by others, hopefully they will gradually re-tone to the natural dull surface that I much prefer. Here are three (moderately) toned Severan denarii:

    Septimius Severus, Denarius, RIC Vol. IV, No. 335

    Caracalla, Denarius, RIC Vol. IV, No. 231a

    Geta, Denarius, RIC Vol. IV, No. 91
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