Mint State Faustina Senior Roman Empire silver denarius coin, 3.49g (above average), approx. 17mm, RIC 344.
Posthumous denarius issued by her devoted husband Emperor Antoninus Pius.
NGC Certified to MS, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5.
Highly lustrous, reflective surfaces, beautiful in hand!
Obverse: DIVA FAVSTINA, head right with hair waved and coiled on top of head.
Reverse: AETERNITAS, Juno (?) standing left, raising right hand and holding scepter.
The Imperial cult of ancient Rome identified emperors and some members of their families with the divinely sanctioned authority (auctoritas) of the Roman State. Its framework was based on Roman and Greek precedents, and was formulated during the early Principate of Augustus.A deceased emperor held worthy of the honor could be voted a state divinity (divus, plural divi) by the Senate and elevated as such in an act of apotheosis. The granting of apotheosis served religious, political and moral judgment on Imperial rulers and allowed living Emperors to associate themselves with a well-regarded lineage of Imperial divi from which unpopular or unworthy predecessors were excluded.