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Roman Silver Denarius of Faustina Sr. (AD138-140) NGC (AU)

$185.41
SKU FAUSTINASR(AR)NGC

Faustina the Elder was of noble blood; Trajan was her great-great-great uncle. Her marriage to Antoninus Pius helped legitimize his claim to the throne one of many examples of Rome's matrilineal lines of succession. Their marriage was a happy one, especially by standards of royal families. When she died in 140 at the age of 40, the devastated Emperor ordered her deified; hence the inscription DIVA FAVSTINA on the coins made in her honor (diva means divine).