fine gold | 18 mm | 7.3 g OBV: Dr. bust right FAVSTINA AVG PII AVG FIL. R: CONCORDIA dove? left. Annia Galeria Faustina 'the Younger' (c. 125 or 130 - 175 AD) was the younger daughter of the Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius and Faustina the Elder wife of his successor Marcus Aurelius and mother of Commodus. Originally promised by Hadrian to Lucius Verus Atoninus betrothed her to his cousin Marcus Aurelius in 139. They married in 145. She was raised to an Augusta the following year. She was said to have had a lively personality but the late and unreliable Augustan History impugns her character relating stories of adultery with sailors and gladiators suggesting that Commodus was either the son of a gladiator (as explanation for his interest in gladiatorial combat) or that Faustina washed herself with the blood of an executed gladiator and then lay with Aurelius in that state.

Faustina Junior Aureus Rome 161-175 AD fine gold replica coin

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