Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by asheland, May 16, 2022.
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My friend looked it up and said this:
RIC III 394c
Issued at the Rome mint in AD 141
Diva Faustina Senior (AD 138-140/1). AV aureus (19mm, 6.88 gm, 11h). NGC XF 5/5 - 4/5. Rome, AD 141-147. DIVA•AVGVSTA-FAVSTINA•, draped bust of Diva Faustina Senior right, seen from front, hair elaborately waved in several loops around head, braided, drawn up and coiled on top with pearls / PIETAS•-AVG•, Pietas standing facing, veiled head left, incense box in left hand, dropping incense from right hand into candelabrum to left. RIC III (Antoninus Pius) 395a. Calicó 1796.
Ex Heritage Auctions, Auction 3098 NYINC (18 January 2022), lot 33301; Ex. Heritage Auctions, Auction 3085 Dallas (7 August 2020), lot 31141
Edit: and for completeness, it also sold in Heritage's Central States signature sale #3083 lot 30117 on April 24, 2020.
Madrid 393 (Museum collection).
Auctiones 17, October 1934, lot 820.
Cambridge CM.YG.1335-R. (Fitzwilliam Museum).
@asheland. It is a very nice aureus.
What I don't understand is how often this coin has been sold! I'm a hoarder when it comes to my Faustina collection. If I had this, they'd have to pry it out of my cold, dead hands!
There are a lot of coins that are offered over and over again for many years and in different auctions for this very reason.
It’s a significant purchase for me, I’m of limited means. It’ll be in my collection for a very long time if I have any say in the matter.
Thanks everybody for the information and kind words!
@asheland That is a delightful coin that I am sure will provide you with years of pleasure and pride of ownership. I feel fortunate to have been able to inspect it in person!
@Roman Collector What is that book?
Beckmann, Martin. Diva Faustina: Coinage and Cult in Rome and the Provinces. American Numismatic Society, 2012.
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