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156 NGC Ch XF Faustina Jr Roman Empire AE As Salus Snake Altar Pedigree (21020701C)

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  • Extremely Fine Empress Faustina Jr Roman Empire AE As coin.
  • Issued during her lifetime as Empress under her father Emperor Antoninus Pius and Emperor Marcus Aurelius from 156 to 175 CE.
  • Approx. 26mm, 10.49g, RIC 1671.
  • Faustina Jr was consecrated by Emperor Marcus Aurelius (her husband) after her death 175 CE.  She died during a military campaign in the East in company with the Emperor.
  • An attractive youthful portrait of the Empress.
  • Coin has dark brown patina, images taken with bright illumination to show the details. Coin should be viewed in that environment.
  • Obverse: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA, draped, diademed bust right with waved hair.
  • Reverse: SALVTI AVGVSTAE SC, Salus seated left feeding snake twined around altar.
  • Salus was the goddess of safety and welfare. Her temple on the Quirinal at Rome, dedicated in 302 BC, was the scene of an annual sacrifice on August 5.
  • Certified by NGC to XF, Smoothing.
  • Pedigree: Ex. Thomas Walker (1980s) with his ticket.