Annia Faustina Third Wife of Elagabalus Very Rare Æ Sestertius Roman Empire 221 AD Copper Coin with Stunning Green Patina Museum Reproduction CBRS0055
Very Rare Æ Copper Roman Empire Sestertius Annia Faustina, Rome mint, struck 221 A.D. Reference: RIC 399 (IVii, Elagabalus). Third wife of Elagabalus and great-granddaughter of Marcus Aurelius. Her brief marriage to Elagabalus accounts for the extreme rarity of coin bearing her name. It is unclear when she died and under what circumstances as the divorce, although no fault of her own, sent her into obscurity, if not a worse fate. If Julia Paulas and Aquilia Severas are hard to find then you might as well give up all hope on an Annia Faustina. This is one of those truly impossible empresses to acquire… at least insofar as getting a Rome-made coin of hers. Things improve a bit if you ‘re willing to “settle” for a provincial with her name in Greek. These are still difficult to locate and the few that are out there nearly always in very poor shape but at least it provides a reasonable shot at getting one of her coins. The Sestertius reproduced here, the only coin of hers to have sold at auction within recent memory, realized just shy of $10,000 in an auction held by the German auction house Numismatik Lanz in 2000.
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