/ Diana Standing on Doe, 55.04g Bronze. We usually think of the origins of modern medal-making having its roots in the Renaissance. However, it was actually the Romans who proliferated the art ephemeral metallic propaganda, before it disappeared in the Dark Ages. Very thick, housed in a double-thick slab, and weighing over 55 grams, despite a roughly 38mm diameter.
Medals had no practical purpose or use, other than to celebrate an achievement, and surviving Roman medallions are exceptionally rare. Hard surfaces despite considerable erosion, and a nice original river patina is quite desirable. This piece would be choice if not for some literally "ancient" damage to the lower reverse. That said, anything materially better would be at least a thousand dollars more, and this is a handsome entry level piece. Was the daughter of Emperor Antoninus Pius and Faustina Senior.
She and her husband, Emperor Marcus Aurelius, reigned from 161AD to 176AD. She was given the honorary title of "Mother of the Camp" because she was beloved by her soldiers. Looking for something out of the ordinary? We scrutinize thousands of PCGS and NGC slabs to provide you with coins that are truly special, and we do it with fast, knowledgeable, and courteous service. Whether you are seeking beautiful color, an exceptional strike; or maybe proof-like luster, a rare die variety, or even CAC verification; we have something for everyone.
The Photographs seen here are compliments of DM Rare Coins Coin Photography Service! This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins: Ancient\Roman: Imperial (27 BC-476 AD)".The seller is "coinman1794" and is located in this country: US. This item can be shipped to United States.