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Pristine Faustina Senior Aureus

CNG 111, Lot: 711. Estimate $10000.
Sold for $19000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Diva Faustina Senior. Died AD 140/1. AV Aureus (20mm, 7.31 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Antoninus Pius, circa AD 146-151. DIVA FAV STINA •, draped bust right, with hair in tight coil atop head and bound in pearls / AETER N ITAS, Fortuna, veiled, draped, standing left, holding patera in extended right hand and vertical rudder set on ground in left. RIC III 349a(a) (Pius); Beckmann dies df42/AC31; Calicó 1743a var. (obv. legend break; same rev. die as illustration); BMCRE 368 (same dies); Biaggi –; Jameson –; Mazzini 2v. and 5. Superb EF, fully lustrous. Boldly struck from fresh dies. An essentially perfect specimen in sculptural high relief.