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Aureus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Antoninus Pius

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Date:

138

Artist:

Roman; minted in Rome

About this artwork

Starting in 96 with the reign of Emperor Nerva, Rome was ruled by five wise leaders who came to be known as the “Good Emperors.” Nerva (reigned 96–98) was an honest and respected senator who enacted compassionate social programs. His rule ushered in a period of peace and prosperity, which is suggested by the sheer abundance of coins produced during this era as well as by the skill and artistry of the images created. Coins of this period, especially gold aurei like this one, were often perfectly round, well struck, and centered.

Antoninus Pius (reigned 138–61), continued the wise and caring example of Nerva which is reflected in his nickname, Pius, meaning “pious.” Able to maintain peace through the strength of the Army, Rome was strong and prosperous under Antoninus’s firm rule.

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Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium, Gallery 153

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Aureus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Antoninus Pius

Origin

Roman Empire

Date

138 CE

Medium

Gold

Inscriptions

Obverse: IMP TAELCAES HADRI ANTONINUS Reverse: AVG PIVS. PM . TR. P. COS. DES II

Dimensions

Diam. 1.9 cm; 7.05 g

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. William Nelson Pelouze

Reference Number

1923.1271

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