177-182/3 AD Roman Empire Crispina, Ar Denarius rv Juno w/peacock (#01-0177-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 Bruttia Crispina. She was the Roman Empress and wife of Lucius Aurelius Commodus who inherited the throne from his father, Marcus Aurelius. Commodus was a brutal and unforgiving ruler and eventually had Crispina exiled to the island of Capri where she was ultimately executed for conspiring against him.

The reverse depicts the image of Juno, Queen of the Gods. In her right hand she holds a patera, a shallow dish used for drinking in certain religious ceremonies. In her left had she holds a hasta pura which is a ceremonial staff or spear that marked it bearer as a protector of the people.

Juno was the wife of the chief Roman god, Jupiter, and was considered to be the protector and special counselor of the state. She was also known as Juno Moneta and guarded over the finances of the empire (It is from this epithet that we derive the words 'money' and 'mint'). The peacock next to Juno symbolized her divinity and the royal status of Crispina.

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.)