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Numismatics

ID number:  BIRBI-R1216
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  G. Haines Collection
Collector:  Haines, Geoffrey
Maker:  Antoninus Pius (138-161)
Denomination:  Sestertius
Place made:  Mint of Rome
Culture:  Roman
Date made:  141-161
Metal:  Oricalchum
Weight (g):  26.13
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Description:  Obverse: Bust of Faustina.
Reverse: The exact identification of the structure on the reverse of this coin has been cause for debate. It was originally believed to be the Mausoleum of Hadrian, in which Faustina was buried following her death in 141. More recently it has been suggested that it is the funeral pyre of Faustina. From what we know of the Mausoleum of Hadrian the image does not resemble his building. On the death of his wife Antoninus Pius had her deified and built a temple to her in the Roman Forum. It is this event that is commemorated on this coin.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: DIVA AVGVSTA FAVSTINA
Reverse: CONSE [CR]ATIO

Bibliography:  Mattingly, H, and Sydenham, E. The Roman Imperial Coinage Vol III, Antoninus Pius to Commodus (London 1962) Coin 1135.

2 Related People

Haines, Geoffrey Colton
British
1899
1981-09-14
Whitting, Philip David
British
1903
1988
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