THRACE PAUTALIA Faustina Junior 147-180 AD bronze


THRACE, PAUTALIA, Faustina Junior, 147-180 AD, minor, no date, Obverse: bust R, FAVCTEINA CEBACTH, Reverse: Roma seated L holding spear and Nike, bronze, 22mm, 6.69g, Moushmov-4113, pleasantly smooth, probably someone put Renaissance wax on it at some point, legends are all gone, fair

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Pautalia, in modern Bulgaria, was a major Thracian city.

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.

Thrace is the land between the Balkan mountains and the Black Sea from northern Greece to southern Bulgaria and European Turkey. The ancient Thracians are thought to have been indigenous, meaning, I suppose, that they were there at least as far back as the neolithic period, before the invention of history. The ancient and extinct Thracian language is “generally agreed” to be Indo-European, which is supposed to mean that they came from somewhere else. During the early coin period the coins of Thrace were mostly made by Greek colonists.

The Romans, as they were building their empire, preferred to let the local coinage arrangements remain in place. As they developed their political system into the Cult of Personality that was the Empire, they started putting imperial portraits on the local coins. Later, as the Empire began to shrink, they preferred to centralize their coinage operations, eliminating local control. There were also allied and client states, some of which, at times, issued coins celebrating the alliance or subservience. The main catalog reference for these coins on this web site is Greek Imperial 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.