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Faustina II


AE31 Faustina Junior 145-175 A.D. (15.61 g, 6h). Lydia, Tripolis O: Fausteina [?];Draped bust right. SNG Copenhagen 746; BMC 63. R: River-god Maiandros reclining left, holding reed and cornucopia, resting on overturned amphora from which water flows. TRIPTOLEIT ON above, MAIANDR OC below. G: “Choice EF, bold and superb example !!!! The finest known !!!!” S: Holyland Numismatics via Vcoins 4/1/13

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Thanks, Jim. I thought so too. I haven't seen many Roman provincial coins that are struck with artistic dies, but this one is exceptionally beautiful on both sides. The green patina and desert highlights are attractive as well. The sensitive portrait of Faustina must have been created by a master celator. -c
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Thanks, Paul. While the portriat is of much elegance, I also like the composition of the reverse with Maiandros as the animus of the Meander river. The amphora spilling water looks like a jellyfish or Man of War which are unlikely since the Meander would have been fresh water presumably. At 15.61g this coin 's weight is like a heavy dupondius. I wonder what is was worth back then . . . . -c
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Beautiful style, beautiful patina; it wouldn't surprise me if this is the finest example of its type. I've never seen a nicer example. Congratulations on its acquisition!
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William, your connoisseur's vote of confidence relieves any anxiety I had about purchasing this coin. Thanks for the note. -c
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