despite its squarish flan, flan crack, and encrustations, but because of these characteristics. I think it fits @dougsmit 's notion of a wabi sabi coin. That's what makes it ancient! Szaivert, following the work of Fittschen, assigns this coin to the period of AD 161-165. Fittschen has suggested that this issue possibly refers to the birth of M. Annius Verus in AD 162, but this is by no means certain. Post your "wabi sabi" coins, bronzes of Faustina II, or anything you feel is relevant! Faustina II, AD 147-175. Roman orichalcum sestertius, 24.87 g, 32.5 mm, 11 h. Rome, AD 161-165. Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped bust of Faustina II, right, with a double strand of pearls in the hair. Rev: LAETITIA S C, Laetitia standing facing, head left, holding wreath in right hand and vertical scepter in left hand. Refs: RIC 1654; BMCRE 924-27; Cohen 149; RCV 5279; MIR 21. ~~~ Fittschen, Klaus, “Die Bildnistypen der Faustina Minor und die Fecunditas Augustae,” Abhandlungen der Akademie der Wissenschaften in Göttingen, Philologisch-historische Klasse, 3rd Series, no.126, Göttingen, 1982. Szaivert, Wolfgang, Die Münzprägung der Kaiser Marcus Aurelius, Lucius Verus und Commodus (161/192), Moneta Imperii Romani 18. Vienna, 1989.