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Faustina II

Annia Galeria Faustina
Augusta (AD 161-176)

Wife of Marcus Aurelius and daughter of Antoninus Pius, she was born ca 128 and married Aurelius in 145. Her coinage was extensive (25 years) and she enjoyed great popularity as the crown princess of the 140s. She received many honours that are not in the coinage: Augusta (147 AD), Mater Castrorum, Matri Magnae, Matri Deum, Fortunae Muliebri. Faustina had twelve or more children many of whom died young. The children are frequently depicted on her coinage in line with the dynastic policy of the Antonines. Much scandal has been attributed to Faustina - was reputed to have had sailors and gladiators as lovers - however the sources for this are dubious


Obverse Legends on coins depicting Faustina II

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Coins of Faustina II currently available

Faustina II
Bronze sestertius issued c. AD 176.
Obv: DIVA FAVSTINA PIA, Bare-headed, draped bust facing right.
Rev: [CONSECRATIO] SC, Empress draped hldg traverse sceptre born aloft by peacock right with wings spread.<
Fair-Fine   |   AUD $120.00
Faustina II
Silver denarius issued AD 154-156.
Obv: FAVSTINA AVG PII AVG FIL, Draped bust facing right.
Rev: CONCORDIA, Concordia seated left holding flower and resting on cornucopiae.<
Very Fine-Extremely Fine   |   AUD $150.00
Faustina II
Silver denarius issued AD 161-175.
Obv: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, Bare-headed, draped bust facing right.
Rev: FECVND AVGVSTAE, Fecunditas standing between two children and holding two more.<
Nearly Extremely Fine   |   AUD $200.00