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Sale: Triton VIII, Lot: 1030. Estimate $2000. 
Closing Date: Monday, 10 January 2005. 
Sold For $3000. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

DIVA FAUSTINA JUNIOR. Died 175/6 AD. Æ Sestertius (24.04 gm, 6h). Struck under Marcus Aurelius, 176 AD. DIVAE FAV-STINAE PIAE, veiled and draped bust right / MATRI CASTRORVM, S C in exergue, Faustina seated left on stool, holding eagle in outstretched right hand and cradling long sceptre in left arm; three military standards on platform before. RIC III 1711 (Marcus Aurelius) var. (Faustina holding phoenix on globe); cf. MIR 18, 49-6/19; Banti 89 var. (S C across field); BMCRE 1556 (Marcus Aurelius) var. (Faustina holding phoenix on globe); Cohen 162 var. (same). Near EF, mottled red-brown patina. Very rare with eagle. ($2000)

From the Michael Weller Collection. Ex Lanz 109 (27 May 2002), lot 504 (expertly conserved since).