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Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.

Titus Aurelius Fulvius Boionius Arrius Antoninus was born around 86 A.D. to a distinguished family. After a typical senatorial career he made a name for himself as proconsul of Asia. He was adopted as Emperor Hadrian's heir in February 138 A.D. and succeeded soon after. His reign was long and peaceful, a Golden Age of tranquility and prosperity. He died in 161 A.D., leaving Marcus Aurelius as his successor.


Click for a larger photo Honos was the god of chivalry, honor and military justice. He was usually depicted in art with a spear and a cornucopia. He was sometimes identified with Virtus.
SH68901. Bronze dupondius, RIC III 802, BMCRE 1738, Cohen 415, SRCV II -, EF, beautiful green patina, well centered, weight 12.822 g, maximum diameter 25.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 145 - 147 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P, radiate head right; reverse HONORI AVG COS IIII, Honos standing facing, head left, togate, branch in right, cornucopia in left; a very attractive coin!; $900.00 (€675.00)

Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt, Zodiac Type - Helios (Sun) in Leo
Click for a larger photo "The Zodiac series issued during year eight of Antoninus Pius is one of the more remarkable iconographic programs in the entire scope of Greek or Roman coinage." -- Keith Emmett, Alexandria Coins, p. 74A
SH58902. Bronze drachm, Milne 1813 - 1814, Geissen 1495 - 1496, Kampmann-Ganschow 35.278, Dattari 2967 var (draped bust); Emmett 1530, gF, river find, weight 21.911 g, maximum diameter 33.5 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 144 - 28 Aug 145 A.D.; obverse AYT K T AIΛ A∆P ANTWNINOC CEB EYC, laureate head right; reverse radiate and draped bust of Helios facing right and star, above lion running right, L H (year 8) below; big 32mm bronze drachm; $360.00 (€270.00)

Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo This reverse type was apparently only struck for Antoninus Pius in his year two. Milne lists only a single example. Emmett lists it as rarity 5 (only one or two specimens known from the collections he examined).
RX57412. Bronze hemidrachm, Milne 1612, Emmett 1716 (R5), Dattari -, Geissen -, BMC Alexandria -, SNG Hunterian -, SNG Cop -, SNG Milan -, Kampmann-Ganschow -, aF, weight 11.475 g, maximum diameter 29.2 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 138 - 28 Aug 139 A.D.; obverse AY TK T AIΛ A∆P ANTWNINOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse Demeter seated left, veiled, sacrificing from patera in right over altar at feet left, long torch in left, LB (year 2) upper left; extremely rare; $300.00 (€225.00)

Click for a larger photo In 140, Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius Caesar were the two Roman Consuls. Marcus Aurelius was married to Antoninus Pius' daughter Faustina the Younger and was made Caesar in 139. This was the third consulship for Antoninus Pius and the first consulship for Marcus Aurelius.
SH70620. Silver denarius, RIC III 417a, RSC II 15, BMCRE IV 155, SRCV II 4524, VF, centered, uneven toning, weight 3.244 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 140 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius right; reverse AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F COS, bare head of Marcus Aurelius Caesar right; $285.00 (€213.75)

Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Koinon of Cyprus
Click for a larger photo A protocontorniate is a normal, large bronze coin, typically a sestertius, which was altered in antiquity by an individual hammering the edge to create raised rims. A common assumption is that protocontorniates were used as game counters. Andreas Alfφldi argued that protocontorniates were New Year's gifts in the fourth century before proper contorniates were struck at the Rome mint.
SH68986. Bronze Protocontorniate, RPC Online 5042; BMC Cyprus p. 84, 47; SNG Cop 87; Tziambazis 27; SGICV 1523, F, rim chip, porous, weight 21.941 g, maximum diameter 30.4 mm, die axis 180o, Cypriot mint, 141 - 161 A.D.; obverse AYT K T AIΛ A∆PI ANTΩNINOC CEB E, laureate head of Antoninus Pius right; reverse M AYPHΛIOC KAICAP YIOC CEXEBA<EBAC (no breaks), bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Marcus Aurelius with a short beard right; $250.00 (€187.50)

Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo Euthenia is the personification of abundance or plenty. To the Romans she was Abundantia. Her attributes are heads of grain and the cornucopia. She can be seated or standing and is sometimes shown emptying a cornucopia.
RX59567. Bronze drachm, cf. Milne 1609 ff.; Geissen 1301; SNG Hunterian 4146; Dattari 2561; BMC Alexandria p. 138, 1162; SNG Cop 430; Kampmann 35.21; Emmett 1518, aF/gF, weight 22.959 g, maximum diameter 33.4 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 138 - 28 Aug 139 A.D.; obverse A (no breaks), bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Marcus Aurelius with a short beard right; $250.00 (€187.50)

Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo Euthenia is the personification of abundance or plenty. To the Romans she was Abundantia. Her attributes are heads of grain and the cornucopia. She can be seated or standing and is sometimes shown emptying a cornucopia.
RX59567. Bronze drachm, cf. Milne 1609 ff.; Geissen 1301; SNG Hunterian 4146; Dattari 2561; BMC Alexandria p. 138, 1162; SNG Cop 430; Kampmann 35.21; Emmett 1518, aF/gF, weight 22.959 g, maximum diameter 33.4 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 138 - 28 Aug 139 A.D.; obverse AUT breaks), bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Marcus Aurelius with a short beard right; $250.00 (€187.50)

Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Roman Provincial Egypt
Click for a larger photo Euthenia is the personification of abundance or plenty. To the Romans she was Abundantia. Her attributes are heads of grain and the cornucopia. She can be seated or standing and is sometimes shown emptying a cornucopia.
RX59567. Bronze drachm, cf. Milne 1609 ff.; Geissen 1301; SNG Hunterian 4146; Dattari 2561; BMC Alexandria p. 138, 1162; SNG Cop 430; Kampmann 35.21; Emmett 1518, aF/gF, weight 22.959 g, maximum diameter 33.4 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 29 Aug 138 - 28 Aug 139 A.D.; obverse AUT K T AI[L ADR - AN]TWNINOC EYCEB, bare-headed bust right; reverse EYΘHNIA, Euthenia reclining left on sphinx, wearing uraeus, chiton, and peplos, fold in lap filled with fruit, stalks of grain and poppies in right, LB (year 2) in ex; $225.00 (€168.75)

Click for a larger photo In 148, Antoninus Pius hosted a series of grand games to celebrate Rome's 900th anniversary.
SH65277. Silver denarius, RIC III 177, RSC II 238, aEF, weight 2.931 g, maximum diameter 19.7 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 148 - 149 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XII, laureate head right; reverse COS IIII, Aequitas standing left, scales in right, cornucopia in left; $225.00 (€168.75)

Click for a larger photo Annona was the goddess of harvest and her main attribute is grain. This reverse suggests the arrival of grain by sea from the provinces (especially from Africa) and its distribution to the people.
RB65292. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III 981, BMCRE IV 2038, SRCV II 4254, Cohen -, F, weight 21.364 g, maximum diameter 30.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 157 - 158 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P IMP II, laureate head right; reverse TR POT XXI COS IIII, Annona standing slightly slightly left, stalks of grain pointed downward in her right over modius overflowing with stalks of grain at feet on left, rudder vertical behind in left resting on prow of galley right, S - C flanking low across field; $225.00 (€168.75)

Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Commemorative Struck by Trajan Decius
Click for a larger photo Trajan Decius struck a series of commemorative antoniniani honoring previous emperors, including this type struck for Antoninus Pius.
SH59736. Silver antoninianus, RIC IV 90, Choice gVF, weight 3.799 g, maximum diameter 23.5 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 249 - 251 AD.; obverse DIVO PIO, radiate head of Antoninus Pius right; reverse CONSECRATIO, flaming altar with doors and horned roof; broad flan, full circles centering, ex Calgary Coins, ex Beast Coins, ex Forum (2011); $215.00 (€161.25)

Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D., Savatra, Lycaonia
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SH57231. Bronze AE 25, SNG BnF 2331 (same dies); vA Lycaoniens 177; SNG Cop 16; BMC Lycaonia p. 12, 2; SNGvA 5406; RPC Online -, VF, weight 11.428 g, maximum diameter 26.1 mm, die axis 180o, Savatra mint, obverse AYT KAIX A∆P ANTΩNINOC CE, laureate head right; reverse CAOYATPEΩN, uncertain male deity standing left, ears of grain in right, long reed in left, fish at feet left; rare city; $200.00 (€150.00)



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Obverse legends:

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Average well preserved denarius weight 3.37 grams.
Catalog current as of Wednesday, April 16, 2014.
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Roman Coins of Antoninus Pius