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Aureus (Coin) Portraying Empress Faustina the Elder

A work made of gold.
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Date:

141-161, issued by Antoninus Pius

Artist:

Roman, minted in Rome

About this artwork

The front of this coin portrays the empress Faustina, wearing a veil and a diadem on her head.

On the back, the goddess Aeternitas (Eternity) is also depicted veiled. She holds a shallow dish called a patera in her right hand and a rudder in her left.

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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Aureus (Coin) Portraying Empress Faustina the Elder

Origin

Roman Empire

Date

Struck 141 CE–161 CE

Medium

Gold

Dimensions

Diam. 2 cm; 7.26 g

Credit Line

William A. and Renda H. Lederer Endowment; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Alexander and David Earle III funds; restricted gift of the Classical Art Society

Reference Number

2004.145

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