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AR Denarius Of Antoninus, Not-yet-Pius

 
 
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 Posted 05/07/2019  7:11 pm Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add Finn235 to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Antoninus Pius as Caesar under Hadrian
February - September 138
AR Denarius
IMP T AEL CAES ANTONINVS, bare head left
TRIB POT COS, Diana standing right, holding arrow and short bow



138 AD must have been a strange year. Rome was ruled by Hadrian, at this point sickly, childless, and recently widowed. To avoid a succession crisis, Hadrian had adopted Lucius Aelius who, incidentally, turned out to be in worse health than his emperor, and was dead by the beginning of 138. Hadrian then turned to Titus Aurelius Antoninus, a trusted colleague and first cousin once removed to his dead wife Sabina. Hadrian then died seven months later at the ripe old age of 62, and Antoninus was made emperor. The Senate initially wanted to decree a damnatio against Hadrian (he was more than a little unpopular over the rash of executions he had ordered,) but Antoninus pleaded tirelessly to have his adoptive father consecrated, threatening to abdicate if they refused. Moved by his show of filing piety, Hadrian was deified and Antoninus was given the honorific name "Pius", "The Faithful".

Surprisingly, despite their relative scarcity, these issues are not in great demand, and thus relatively inexpensive. Additionally, there is a slightly more rare coinage issue of Antoninus as Augustus before he was granted the honorific Pius.
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 Posted 05/07/2019  8:44 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Spence to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Nice one @finn. The obv, especially the bust, seems to be in extra-high relief.
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Very nice - I like the stern portrait. It's amazing how these coins look like they were just struck after 1,900 years.
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 Posted 05/07/2019  10:08 pm  Show Profile   Check echizento's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add echizento to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Beautiful bust detail of one of my favorite emperors.
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 Posted 05/08/2019  7:15 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Palouche to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
WOW! Nice coin.....Thanks for the write up...

They really managed to capture the youthfulness of the soon to be emperor even with a beard at the ripe old age of 51...
Steve you do find some interesting coins ..Paul





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Thanks all!

This Caesar/Emperor/God collecting theme is a lot of fun, but boy is it threatening to get expensive! Severus Alexander Caesar, Gordian III Caesar, Volusian Caesar.... those are just some of the easy ones!

And a good observation on the portrait, both Dave and Paul. The portrait is indeed in exceptionally high relief, even for the time. Such high relief that it makes me wonder if it was actually strick with an aureus obverse die!
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