AR Sestertius of Antoninus Pius
money; coins (money)
Emperor Antoninus Pius issued this coin to commemorate his late and deified wife Faustina (the Elder), renowned for her beauty and wisdom, who passed in 140 CE. The front side of this coin is the draped bust of Roman Empress Diva Faustina, who wore her hair in a distinctive braided french twist. The back depicts Aeternitas, a Roman goddess who is the divine personification of eternity, minted in memory of Faustina. Aeternitas is holding an eternal phoenix on a globe with her left hand while hitching up the hem of her skirt with her right hand.
Antoninus Pius, Emperor of Rome
Sear 4607; RIC 3-1105
ARTH250 (Professor V. Rousseau Fall 2021)
University Art Collection, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul)