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Antoninus Pius' funeral ceremonies were described as elaborate but, despite the pyre depicted on this coin, according to his Historia Augusta biography, Antoninus' body (and not his ashes) was buried in Hadrian's mausoleum. After a seven-day interval (justitium) Marcus and Lucius nominated their father for deification. In contrast to their behavior during Antoninus' campaign to deify Hadrian, the senate did not oppose the emperors' wishes. A flamen, or cultic priest, was appointed to minister the cult of the deified Antoninus, now Divus Antoninus. A column was dedicated to Antoninus on the Campus Martius, and the temple he had built in the Forum in 141 to his deified wife Faustina was rededicated to the deified Faustina and the deified Antoninus. It survives as the church of San Lorenzo in Miranda.
RS88419. Silver denarius, RIC III MA438; MIR 18 27-27/12; BMCRE IV p. 394, 60; RSC II 164a; SRCV II 5193, Choice VF, excellent portrait, well centered, light toning, flow lines, small edge cracks, Rome mint, weight 3.304g, maximum diameter 17.7mm, die axis 0o, posthumous, emission 2, 161 A.D.; obverse DIVVS ANTONINVS, bare-headed bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse CONSECRATIO, ornate funeral pyre of four tiers with quadriga on top; $150.00
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