One denarius, two Faustinas

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  1. Jovian363

    Jovian363 Well-Known Member

    This coin is apparently a mule, with the obverse DIVA FAVSTINA and portrait of Faustina Senior, and with Concordia standing left holding patera and cornucopia and the reverse inscription AVGUSTI PII FIL of Faustina Junior. The silver appears to be good, the rim quite rugged, almost excluding the possibility that it might be a fouree.

    What do you think, is it made with official or unofficial dies? Could it be barbarian silver denarius (not so uncommon for the Danubian limes area at the time)? Any other ideas? Any II century mules for comparison? FaustinaIII.jpg
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  3. Justin Lee

    Justin Lee I learn by doing Supporter

    Her eye is a bit odd looking (though I'm not an expert)... Looks like she's looking upward. And that eyebrow.

    It's an interesting coin.
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  5. Jovian363

    Jovian363 Well-Known Member

    Amazing coincidence! The plot thickens. Perhaps stolen official dies, reworked over a longer period? That would explain both differences and similarities on these two obverses. The reverse is a die match I agree.
  6. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    ....coin-cidence....:D...looks a lil different than others on the obverse, but looks official to me...
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