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Sale: CNG 61, Lot: 1813. Estimate $400. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 25 September 2002. 
Sold For $375. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

DIVA FAUSTINA Sr., wife of Antoninus Pius. Died 141 AD. AR Denarius (3.16 gm). Draped bust right / DEDICATIO AEDIS, frontal view of a hexastyle temple, Victories in corners. RIC III 388 (Pius); BMCRE 306 (Pius); RSC 191. Good VF, nice flan. Rare type. ($400)

This coin type records the dedication of the temple of Divus Antoninus and Diva Faustina. The dedication ceremonies took place in 142 AD, and construction was completed in 150 AD. The temple still stands today, overlooking the Forum.