Aureus (Coin) Portraying Empress Faustina the Younger

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Date:

AD 161/75, issued by Marcus Aurelius

Artist:

Roman, minted in Rome

About this artwork

Obverse: Bust of Faustina the Younger right, bareheaded, draped
Reverse: Juno (or Faustina) standing left between two children; extends right over child, cradles 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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Ancient and Byzantine Art

Culture

Ancient Roman

Title

Aureus (Coin) Portraying Empress Faustina the Younger

Origin

Rome

Date

161 AD–175 AD

Medium

Gold

Inscriptions

Obverse: FAVSTINA AVGVSTA "Empress Faustina" 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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