AR denarius, Annia Galeria Faustina Minor


Annia Galeria Faustina, also known as Faustina II or Faustina the Younger, was the daughter of Antoninus Pius and Faustina the Elder. In AD 138 she was betrothed to Lucius Verus and married to Marcus Aurelius in AD 145. She received the title Augusta in AD 147, bore him several children, and accompanied him on numerous campaigns (hence the title Matri Castrorum). She died at the age of 46 in AD 176 at Halala in Cappadocia. Marcus Aurelius found a charity in her memory.
Coin depictions of Faustina show her in high relief and over time display at least seven hairstyles. On early issues, Faustina is styled as Augusta, her hair done up in a bun above the nape of her neck, sometimes showing a hairband. This issue was struck under Marcus Aurelius.

Obv. Faustina Minor facing right, FAVSTINA AVGVSTA.
Rev. Salus standing left, feeding serpent from altar.

Sestertius, Faustina Minor


Obv. Faustina Minor draped bust right, FAVSTINA AVGVSTA.
Rev. Juno standing between two children, holding a third, IVNONI LVCINAE S. C.


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