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Denarius (Coin) Portraying Emperor Antoninus Pius

A work made of silver.
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Date:

151-152

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

The front (obverse) of this coin portrays the head of Emperor Antoninus Pius, laureate and facing to the right. The back (reverse) depicts Vesta standing to the left and holding a simpulum (ladle with long handle) and palladium (ancient image of the goddess Pallas Athena that was believed to guarantee the safety of Troy). After Emperor Antoninus Pius accepted his fourth (and final) consulship in 145, the inscription COS IIII appears on the back of all his coins.

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Currently Off View

Department

Arts of the Ancient Mediterranean and Byzantium

Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Denarius (Coin) Portraying Emperor Antoninus Pius

Date

151 CE–152 CE

Medium

Silver

Inscriptions

Obverse: ANTONINUS AUG PIUS P P TR P XV Reverse: COS IIII

Dimensions

Diam. 1.8 cm; 3.22 g

Credit Line

Gift of William F. Dunham

Reference Number

1920.2685

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