- The Collaborative Numismatics Project
  Explore Our Website And Find Joy In The History, Numismatics, Art, Mythology, And Geography Of Coins!!! NumisWiki Is An Enormous Unique Resource Including Hundreds Of Books And Thousands Of Articles Online!!! The Column On The Left Includes Our "Best of NumisWiki" Menu If You Are New To Collecting - Start With Ancient Coin Collecting 101 NumisWiki Includes The Encyclopedia of Roman Coins and Historia Nummorum If You Have Written A Numismatic Article - Please Add It To NumisWiki All Blue Text On The Website Is Linked - Keep Clicking To ENDLESSLY EXPLORE!!! Please Visit Our Shop And Find A Coin You Love Today!!!

× Resources Home
New Articles
Most Popular
Recent Changes
Current Projects
Admin Discussions
How to
Index Of All Titles


Aes Formatum
Aes Rude
The Age of Gallienus
Alexander Tetradrachms
Ancient Coin Collecting 101
Ancient Coin Prices 101
Ancient Coin Dates
Ancient Coin Lesson Plans
Ancient Coins & Modern Fakes
Ancient Counterfeits
Ancient Glass
Ancient Metal Arrowheads
Ancient Oil Lamps
Ancient Pottery
Ancient Weapons
Ancient Wages and Prices
Ancient Weights and Scales
Anonymous Follis
Anonymous Class A Folles
Antioch Officinae
Armenian Numismatics Page
Augustus - Facing Portrait
Bronze Disease
Byzantine Denominations
A Cabinet of Greek Coins
Caesarean and Actian Eras
Campgates of Constantine
A Case of Counterfeits
Byzantine Christian Themes
Clashed Dies
Coins of Pontius Pilate
Conditions of Manufacture
Corinth Coins and Cults
Countermarked in Late Antiquity
Danubian Celts
Damnatio Coinage
Damnatio Memoriae
Denarii of Otho
Diameter 101
Die Alignment 101
Dictionary of Roman Coins
Doug Smith's Ancient Coins
Edict on Prices
ERIC - Rarity Tables
Etruscan Alphabet
The Evolving Ancient Coin Market
Fel Temp Reparatio
Fertility Pregnancy and Childbirth
Friend or Foe
The Gallic Empire
Gallienus Zoo
Greek Alphabet
Greek Coins
Greek Dates
Greek Coin Denominations
Greek Mythology Link
Greek Numismatic Dictionary
Hellenistic Names & their Meanings
Hasmonean Dynasty
Helvetica's ID Help Page
The Hexastyle Temple of Caligula
Historia Numorum
Holy Land Antiquities
Horse Harnesses
Illustrated Ancient Coin Glossary
Important Collection Auctions
Islamic Rulers and Dynasties
Julian II: The Beard and the Bull
Julius Caesar - The Funeral Speech
Kushan Coins
Later Roman Coinage
Latin Plurals
Latin Pronunciation
Library of Ancient Coinage
Life in Ancient Rome
List of Kings of Judea
Medusa Coins
Maps of the Ancient World
Military Belts
Military Belts
Mint Marks
Museum Collections Available Online
Nabataean Alphabet
Nabataean Numerals
The [Not] Cuirassed Elephant
Not in RIC
Numismatic Bulgarian
Numismatic Excellence Award
Numismatic French
Numismatic German
Numismatic Italian
Numismatic Spanish
Parthian Coins
Patina 101
Paleo-Hebrew Alphabet
Paleo-Hebrew Script Styles
People in the Bible Who Issued Coins
Imperial Mints of Philip the Arab
Phoenician Alphabet
Pi-Style Athens Tetradrachms
Pricing and Grading Roman Coins
Reading Judean Coins
Representations of Alexander the Great
Roman Coin Attribution 101
Roman Coin Legends and Inscriptions
Roman Keys
Roman Locks
Roman Militaria
Roman Military Belts
Roman Mints
Roman Names
Rome and China
Satyrs and Nymphs
Serdi Celts
The Sign that Changed the World
Silver Content of Parthian Drachms
Star of Bethlehem Coins
Statuary Coins
Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum
Syracusian Folles
Taras Drachms with Owl Left
The Temple Tax
The Temple Tax Hoard
Test Cut
Travels of Paul
Tribute Penny
Tribute Penny Debate Continued (2015)
Tribute Penny Debate Revisited (2006)
Tyrian Shekels
Uncleaned Ancient Coins 101
Venus Cloacina
What I Like About Ancient Coins
Who was Trajan Decius
Widow's Mite

   View Menu


Latin: Father.


Please add updates or make corrections to the NumisWiki text version as appropriate.

PATER.  The appellation of Pater is sometimes given alone (that is to say without the addition of the word Patriae) to the Emperors after their deaths and when their deification or consecration had taken place. Thus we find DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER inscribed on some of that Emperor's coins with the various symbols of the apotheosis.  In like manner after they were dead, medals with with the addition of that word, were struck in honor of the memory of Trajan and of Pertinax, viz DIVVS TRAIANUS PARTH PATER, and DIVVS PERT PATER.
   The title of Pater appears on a gold coin struck by order of Trajan in memory of his own father, Marcus Ulpius Trajanus who is thereon styled DIVVS PATER TRAIANVS and represented seated on a curule chair.  And in like manner some coins of Hadrian (who was, through the intervention of Plotina, the adopted son and appointed successor of Trajan). present the heads of Trajan and Plotina face to face with the inscription DIVIS PARENTIBVS.
   Another medal with the head of Trajan bears TRAIANVS PATER AVGVSTVS. Besides which there is another of Hadrian on which we read DIVVS TRAIANVS AVG PARTHicus PATER.  To the same class of medals on which sons, whether natural or adopted, of deceased emperors pay filial honor to their memory, are to be referred these coins of Maximianus Hercules inscribed DIVVS MAXIMIANVS PATER, and on another DIVVS MAXIMIANVS SOCER (perhaps as Akerman says, MAXENTII) and probably struck after his death by his son Maxentius.

   Pater.   Almost every pagan god was so called as Neptunus Pater, Janus Pater, etc. (Vaillant, Pr. ii, p. 223). Thus also on coins of Commodus and of Severus, Bacchus Pater. See LIBERO PATRI. See also LIBERO P CONS AVG on a medal of Gallienus. In like manner Mars is surnamed Pater as the founder (through Romulus) of the city and the empire of Rome. See MARS PATER to which are added the titles of CONSERVATOR and PROPVGNATOR on medals of Constantinus M.

   Pater.  As already observed, is also an appellation given on coins to Augustus.  As seated in the likeness of Jupiter himself, that Emperor is depicted as one of the celestial deities.  DIVVS AVGVSTVS PATER appears not only with radiated head, but also with naked and laureated head and with various symbols of consecration.

View whole page from the Dictionary Of Roman Coins
All coins are guaranteed for eternity