Faustina I Sestertius

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  1. BenSi

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    I used to collect women on Roman coins, I sold that collection decades ago but it turns out I still had this one.
    It was purchased in the NOL days from Wayne Sayles. The flip did not give enough info and I no longer have the books needed for the coin. I could spend some time to look it up on the web but I figured someone here would know right away.

    The flip said

    Faustina I AE Sestertius Bust right/Annona aVF/F $55

    I just weighed it 26.3 gm and 31.63 mm for size. Any additional reference info would be appreciated.

    Pretty green patina.
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  5. Roman Collector

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    I wrote about these Ceres issues here. This is my specimen of that coin:

    Faustina I, AD 138-140
    Roman orichalcum sestertius; 22.86 g, 30.5 mm, 6 h.
    Rome, AD 145-147.
    Obv: DIVA FAVSTINA, bare-headed and draped bust, right.
    Rev: AVGV STA SC, Ceres standing left, holding corn ears in right hand and short torch slightly inclined to right in left hand.
    Refs: RIC 1117; BMCRE 1512-13; Strack 1285; Cohen –; RCV –.
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  7. Marsyas Mike

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    Torch and corn ears in different hands, a dupondius version, British Association type:

    Faustina I - Dup Ceres Estonia Sep 2020 (0).jpg
    Faustina I Æ Dupondius
    3rd Phase, part 2: wedding of Faustina II to M. Aurelius
    (c. 154-155 A.D.)
    Rome Mint

    DIVA FAVSTINA, draped bust right / AVGVSTA S-C, Ceres standing left holding short torch in raised right hand and corn-ears in lowered left hand.
    RIC III, 1171 type 1; Cohen 89.
    (12.71 grams / 26 mm)
    eBay Sep. 2020 (Estonia)
    Note: "British Association" coins were Roman as and dupondius issues from Hadrian to Antoninus Pius for Britain. This conclusion from D. R. Walker, Roman Coins from the Sacred Springs at Bath.

    See CT Sep. 24, 2021, RC via Curtis Clay "The Supply of Bronze Coins to Britain..." for date, etc. Numismatic Chronicle Vol. 149 1989 p. 215
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