Faustina Jr., 147-175. Roman provincial Æ 9.06 g, 24.7 mm, 7 h. Thrace, Anchialus, AD 147-149. Obv: ΦΑVCΤΕΙΝΑ ΝΕΑ CΕΒΑCΤΗ, bare-headed and draped bust, right. Rev: ΑNΧΙΑΛΕΩΝ, Dionysos standing left, holding cantharus and thyrsus; panther at feet, left. Refs: AMNG 434; RPC 4525; Varbanov 90; BMC --; SNG Copenhagen --. The coin bears the unusual inscription, ΦΑVCΤΕΙΝΑ ΝΕΑ CΕΒΑCΤΗ. The Greek word, NEA, means "Junior" or "Young," and suggests it was added so as to inform the citizens of Anchialus that the woman on this coin was not the elder Faustina with whom they were familiar, but the younger Faustina with whom they were NOT familiar. This suggests a very early date. Moreover, Faustina bears the earliest hairstyle that appears on her coins, such as these two middle bronzes with the earliest titulature, FAVSTINAE AVG PII AVG FIL. These are dated to AD 147-149 by Strack and to AD 148-152 by Sear. I am inclined to accept an earlier date than Sear for this issue. This too suggests a very early date. Therefore, I've assigned an early date to the coin, AD 147-149. The reverse features Dionysus in the standard iconography: Holding a kantharos over a panther in his right hand and a thyrsus in his left. The city issued few types for Faustina II: nude Apollo seated on rock, r., playing a lyre; three fish; Demeter seated, l., wearing stephane, holding two ears of corn and long torch; Dionysus standing, l., crossing legs, holding long filleted thyrsus, resting l. arm on column; and the type depicted above. I suspect the choice of reverse designs had some sort of local significance to the people of Anchialus that is lost to us in modern times. Note the Demeter seated reverse type: Of the various issues, the only two featuring her early hairstyle are the OP coin and this Demeter seated reverse type. Unsurprisingly, only these two issues bear the appellation, NEA; the others bear the simple ΦΑVϹΤΕΙΝΑ ϹΕΒΑϹΤΗ title and depict the empress wearing a later hairstyle. Some of these later-style portraits are veiled and stephaned, suggesting they may have been issued posthumously. Post comments, coins of Anchialus, provincial issues of Faustina II, or anything you feel is relevant.