Women in Ancient Rome often had a great deal of influence over how the Empire still lives with us today. Sometimes the devoted husband truly loved his wife and declared a long mourning period and had monuments built to his deceased, as in the case of Antoninus Pius and Faustina I. Other times, the wife was complicit or even assisted in the murder of her husband, as in the case of Claudius and Agrippina. Sometimes the royal ladies were deified and celebrated on coins, such as Trajan’s wife, Plotina, sister, Marciana, and niece, Matidia. Besides celebrating the ladies themselves, the coins also serve to show popular styles of the period. Here is a selection available on VCoins, showing a wide variety of this very popular collecting area.