ROMAN EMPIRE, Faustina Jr. under A. Pius, silver denarius


ROMAN EMPIRE, Faustina Jr. under A. Pius, denarius, no date (161-175 AD), Rome mint, Obverse: bust R with double circlet of pearls, FAVSTINA AVGCSTA, Reverse: Fecunditas standing facing, FECVNDITAS, silver, 17-19mm, 3.28g, SR5252, RSC99c, small edge crack, F

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ROMAN EMPIRE, Faustina Jr. under A. Pius, silver denarius

This coin was struck during the reign of her husband.

Faustina Junior was the daughter of Antoninus Pius and Faustina Senior. Married to Marcus Aurelius when he was Caesar, became Empress when her husband was elevated.

The Roman Republic was founded in response to tyrannical kings. It functioned for several centuries in a kind of balance of rich and poor people (slaves didn’t count). The general idea was that laws would constrain personal power. During the days of Julius Caesar, et al, powerful people became too powerful, and a new system of slightly constrained autocracy, the Empire, developed. The main catalog we use on this web site for Roman coins is Roman Coins and their Values, by David Sear.

“Ancient Coins” includes Greek and Roman coins and those of neighbors and successors, geographically from Morocco and Spain all the way to Afghanistan. Date ranges for these begin with the world’s earliest coins of the 8th century BC to, in an extreme case, the end of Byzantine Empire, 1453 AD.