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CNG 111, Lot: 725. Estimate $2500.
Sold for $3500. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Faustina Junior. Augusta, AD 147-175. AV Aureus (19.5mm, 7.26 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Antoninus Pius, circa AD 147-150. FAVSTINAE AVG PII AVG FIL •, draped bust right, hair in plaits drawn into tight chignon at back of head, held by band of pearls / VE NVS, Venus standing left, holding apple in right hand, rudder entwined by dolphin in left. RIC III (Pius) 517b; Calicó 2097d (same obv. die as illustration); BMCRE 1063 (same obv. die); Biaggi 940; Jameson 135 (same obv. die); Mazzini –. VF, residual luster. Struck from dies of fine style.