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Aureus (Coin) Portraying Empress Faustina the Younger

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Date:

161-175, issued by Marcus Aurelius

Artist:

Roman, minted in Rome

About this artwork

The front (obverse) of this coin portrays a bust of Empress Faustina the Younger right, bareheaded, and draped. The back (reverse) depicts the goddess Juno (or Faustina) standing left between two children; extending right arm over a child and cradling an infant in left.

Antoninus Pius, living up to his name, portrays himself practicing religious rites by making a sacrifice to the gods. His daughter the empress Faustina the Younger, was paired with an image of Juno who, as the wife of Jupiter, symbolized marriage and family and acted as the divine protector of children. Rome encouraged large families to populate its provinces and fill the army’s ranks. Faustina was the wife of Emperor Marcus Aurelius and mother of his thirteen children.

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Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Aureus (Coin) Portraying Empress Faustina the Younger

Origin

Rome

Date

Struck 161 CE–175 CE

Medium

Gold

Inscriptions

Obverse: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA Reverse: IVNONI LVCINAE

Dimensions

Diam. 2 cm; 7.08 g

Credit Line

Gift of Martin A. Ryerson

Reference Number

1922.4877

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