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511096
511096. SOLD $350

Faustina Junior. Augusta, AD 147-175. AR Denarius (18mm, 3.12 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, AD 161-164. Draped bust right, hair waved and gathered in bun at nape of neck / Draped pulvinar on which are seated infant Commodus and Fulvus Antoninus, facing one another, globe between, stars over their heads. RIC III 710 (Aurelius); MIR 18, 27-4a; RSC 190. Deep blue-iridescent toning. EF.


This reverse celebrates the birth of the second set of twins to Faustina and Marcus in AD 161, the boys Titus Aurelius Fulvus Antoninus and his more famous sibling, Lucius Aurelius Commodus Antoninus. Fulvus would live only to the age of four or five, while Commodus would survive childhood and eventually succeed his father, much to the regret of later historians.