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Denomination: AE Sestertius, 32mm, 23.1g
Date: Struck Under Antoninus Pius, circa 147-150 AD
Description: Faustina Junior. Augusta, 147-175 AD. Obverse: Draped bust right, hair bound by a strand of pearls. Reverse: Venus standing left, holding apple and anchor, around which a dolphin is coiled.
The daughter, wife and mother of emperors and empresses, Faustina II was born around 130 A.D. to Antoninus Pius and Faustina I. She was married to her cousin Marcus Aurelius in 145 A.D. In 146 A.D., she gave birth to the first of many children. To celebrate this occasion she was given the title of Augusta, which technically made her superior in rank to her husband. Faustina II was a devoted wife and mother, and accompanied her husband on all his military campaigns. Her son Commodus went on to become emperor after his fathers' death, and her daughter Lucilla became Augusta when she married Lucius Verus in 164 A.D. She died at the city of Halala in Asia Minor in 175 A.D. plagued by many baseless rumors about her infidelity. She was deified soon after and a grand temple was erected to her in the city where she died.