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Triton XXI, Lot: 767. Estimate $10000.
Sold for $8000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Diva Faustina Senior. Died AD 140/1. AV Aureus (20mm, 7.24 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Antoninus Pius, circa AD 146-161. DIVA FAVSTINA, draped bust right, wearing hair bound in pearls on top of her head / AETER NITΛS, Hexastyle temple on podium of four steps; fencing in front; in center, Faustina I, draped, seated left, holding patera(?) in extended right hand and vertical scepter in left; uncertain figures in pediment; above, in center, facing quadriga; on corners, winged Victories standing facing, with both hands holding round shields above their heads. RIC III 354; Beckman dies df26/T4; Strack 443α (Pius); Calicó 1755 (same rev. die as illustration); BMCRE 383 (same rev. die); Biaggi –. Near EF, small scrape on reverse. Very rare.

Ex Morton & Eden 64 (5 June 2013), lot 118.