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AD 117-176 AR Denarius Roman Empire - Golden Age Silver Denarius Hoard Story Vault Faustina Jr.

AD 117-176 AR Denarius Roman Empire - Faustina Jr. and Sr.



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AD 117-176 AR Denarius Roman Empire - Golden Age Silver Denarius Hoard 

The 'Golden Age' of Rome runs from the reign of Trajan (98-117) through Commodus (177-192), though some would include Nerva (96-98) as part of it. The peak of this was in about the middle of that century. It is considered the Golden Age because it is when Rome was at its peak of power, prosperity and security. The famous historian Edward Gibbon, writing at the end of the 18th Century, has an especially well-known quote: "If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous, he would, without hesitation, name that which elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of Commodus. [96-180 A.D.]" He adds Nerva and keeps Commodus out, because Commodus' reign was disgraceful. But the collapse of the Roman world did not begin convincingly until the murder of Commodus in 192, which gave rise to a civil war and led to the greater decline of the Roman world in the 3rd Century. Commodus is a popular and was made famous by the movie "Gladiator" and his notoriety in general. Many find it intriguing that Nerva, Tragan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius were all adopted heirs rather than selected from family ties. Perhaps the selection of emperors based on merit and not blood is what helped Rome soar in the Golden Age.

Faustina Jr. - daughter of Antoninus Pius and Faustina Sr. - was especially popular with the Roman military, despite being scorned by her subjects. 
Rumors say the sentiments stemmed from adulterous acts. 
After the Empresses death’s death, her husband Emperor Marcus, ordered the city’s name to be changed to Faustinopolis.

Faustina Sr. - also known as Faustina Major or Faustina the Elder - was a Roman empress and wife of the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius. The emperor Marcus Aurelius was her nephew and later became her adopted son, along with Emperor Lucius Verus. She died early in the principate of Antoninus Pius, but continued to be prominently commemorated as a diva, posthumously playing a prominent symbolic role during his reign.

This coin is made from Silver (ranging from high purity to 25% pure), denoted by the AR next to its denomination.

Coin will come with either Faustina Jr. or Faustina Sr. as the ruler. If you are interested in a specific ruler, please make a note when checking out and we will do out best to accommodate you.

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