147-175/6 AD Roman Empire Faustina Jr., AR Denarius Posthumous Issue rv Peacock. Scratches (#01-0147-AN300)
As one of the largest and most enduring civilizations in the history of the world, the Roman Empire has fascinated historians and archaeologists for centuries. The Roman Empire is considered to be a major part of the foundation of western culture and has directly influenced our philosophy, language, politics, and art.
The coin's obverse features the image of Annia Galeria Faustina II, often referred to as Faustina Junior or Faustina the Younger (AD 125-175). She was the daughter of the Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius and Empress Annia Galeria Faustina I (Faustina Senior). In AD 145, she married her maternal cousin, Marcus Aurelius, who succeeded her father to become the Emperor of Rome. Marcus was considered a fair and just ruler and was the last of the 'Five Good Emperors' of the Roman Empire.
Faustina accompanied her husband on many of his military campaigns and enjoyed the love and respect of Roman soldiers, earning the title of Mater Castorum or 'Mother of the Camp.' She died during a particularly grueling winter in AD 175 at a Roman military camp in the eastern reaches of the Empire.
The coin's reverse depicts the image of a peacock. In the Roman Empire, peacocks symbolized the royal lineage of the women in the ruling houses of Rome. Its use on Roman coinage designates the divine status of the female figures that it accompanies.
Graded VF (Very Fine) by NGC, one of the most respected coin grading services in the United States, this silver denarius exhibits a well centered strike with impressive detail and would make an excellent addition to any collection.
(The image is for reference purposes only. Since each ancient coin is unique, the one pictured may not be the exact coin you receive.)