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Marcus Aurelius was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180. He ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Verus' death in 169. He was the last of the Five Good Emperors, and is also considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers.


Annia Galeria Faustina was the wife of Emperor Antoninus Pius. Faustina came from a well-connected political family, and her marriage to Antoninus was happy and produced several children, although only a daughter (Faustina the younger) survived into adulthood. Upon her death, the emperor deified her and built a temple in her honor which stands today in the Roman Forum.


Portrait of Emperor Antoninus Pius, 138–161; Antonine Roman Marble Source: Portrait of the emperor Antoninus Pius [Roman] (33.11.3) | Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Faustina II. Silver Denarius (3.6 g), Augusta, AD 147-175. Rome, under Antoninus Pius, ca. AD 147-150. FAVSTINAE AVG PII AVG FIL, draped bust of Faustina II right, hair tied in bun at back of head, single circlet of pearls around. Goldberg Coins and Collectibles

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Emperor Antoninus Pius, Roman bust (marble), 2nd century AD, (Glyptothek, Munich).


Imperial medallions, such as this one of Constantius II (reigned 350-361), were often mounted by their recipients to boast of their highly favored status in society. This stunning example, minted in Nicomedia (Asia Minor), represents on the reverse the triumphant emperor in his chariot. Smaller coins were also mounted as jewelry, like the smaller aureus honoring Galeria Faustina (died 140/141), wife of Antoninus Pius