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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Adoptive Emperors| > |Antoninus Pius| > RS97940
Antoninus Pius, August 138 - 7 March 161 A.D.
|Antoninus| |Pius|, |Antoninus| |Pius,| |August| |138| |-| |7| |March| |161| |A.D.|, NEWThe "ship of state," famously expounded by Plato in the Republic, likens the governance of a state to the command of a vessel. The Romans believed that Fortuna, the goddess of luck and fortune, after deserting the Persians and Assyrians, saw Alexander perish as she flew over Syria and Egypt, and at last arriving on Mount Palatine, cast aside her wings to live in Rome forever. This coin was dedicated to Fortuna, depicting holding a rudder, for steering the Roman ship of state to prosperity, symbolized by the cornucopia.
RS97940. Silver denarius, RSC II 860a, RIC III 49(b), Strack III 52, SRCV II 4116 var. (no drapery), Hunter II -, aVF, well centered, highest points weakly struck, lamination defect obv. right field, radiating flow lines, small edge cracks, Rome mint, weight 2.887g, maximum diameter 19.0mm, die axis 180o, 139 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate and draped bust right; reverse TR POT COS II, Fortuna standing slightly left, head left, rudder in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; $120.00











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