an example of this coin in my collection for many years, but I was never happy with its rough, corroded surfaces. I had the opportunity to upgrade it and am quite content with my new purchase. Faustina II, AD 147-175/6. Roman orichalcum sestertius, 23.49 g, 29.0 mm, 11 h. Rome, AD ca. 174-176. Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, bare-headed and draped bust, right. Rev: MATRI MAGNAE S C, Cybele seated right, holding drum in left hand on left knee; to left and right of throne, lions, seated right. Refs: RIC 1663, BMCRE 932-935; Cohen 169; Sear 5281; MIR 25; ERIC II 205. Aurei (i.e. BMCRE 132) and middle bronzes (i.e. BMCRE 990) were issued with this reverse type, but the corresponding denarius depicts Cybele seated left, with Cybele holding a branch and resting her elbow on the tympanum. She is accompanied by only one lion. Faustina II, AD 147-175. Roman AR denarius, 3.20 g, 17.7 mm, 1 h. Rome, AD 170-175. Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, bare-headed and draped bust, right. Rev: MATRI MAGNAE, Cybele seated left holding branch in right hand, resting left arm on drum; at her side, lion. Refs: RIC 706; BMCRE 134; Cohen 192; RCV 5281; MIR 26; CRE 173. Mattingly (BMCRE4, p. cxliv) believes this reverse type honors Faustina "as an earthly likeness of the 'great mother', Cybele." Mattingly assigns coins of this type (along with other reverses) to her "last issue" (ibid), and even postulates that they may have been issued posthumously (op. cit., n. 2). Although Mattingly doesn't elaborate, the empress's coiffure serves as evidence for this conclusion. The hairstyle on this coin is primarily found on coins issued after her death, such as these: Faustina Jr, AD 161-175. Roman AR denarius; 3.14 g, 17 mm. Rome, AD 176 or later. Obv: DIVA FAVSTINA PIA, bare-headed and draped bust right. Rev: CONSECRATIO, crescent moon around large star, surrounded by six stars. Refs: RIC 750; BMCRE 718; Cohen 83; RCV 5219; MIR 63; CRE 172. Diva Faustina II (Died 175/6). Roman orichalcum sestertius, 26.31 g, 33 mm Rome, struck under Marcus Aurelius, AD 176 or later Obv: DIVA FAVSTINA PIA, bare-headed and draped bust right Rev: CONSECRATIO S - C, Faustina, holding scepter, seated left on back of peacock flying upward to right Refs: RIC 1702; BMCRE 1570; Cohen 69; RCV 5227; MIR 56.