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176 NGC XF Faustina Jr Roman Empire Denarius Death Pyre Rare Marcus (20092404C)

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  • Rare Extremely Fine Faustina Junior Roman Empire denarius coin, 3.45g, RIC 749v (rated as Rare, veiled head is not published), RSC 81
  • Postumous coin issued by the grieving Emperor Marcus Aurelius to commemorate his wife Faustina Jr.
  • Rare obverse legend and obverse style with veiled head.
  • NGC Certified to XF.
  • Obverse: DIVAE FAVSTIN AVG MATR CASTROR, draped, veiled bust right.
  • Reverse: CONSECRATIO, Decorated funeral pyre of four tiers surmounted by biga.
  • Consecratio: 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.