Aureus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Antoninus Pius

A work made of gold.
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Date:

138/161

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

Obverse: Portrait right, portion of dotted border at right
Inscribed: IMP T AEL CAES HADRI ANTONINUS
Reverse: Draped figure before altar
Inscribed: AUG PIUS PM TR P COS DES II. (Antoninus Pius ruled between 138-161 A.D.)

Antoninus Pius, living up to his name, portrays himself practicing religious rites by making a sacrifice to the gods. His daughter the empress Faustina the Younger, was paired with an image of Juno who, as the wife of Jupiter, symbolized marriage and family and acted as the divine protector of children. Rome encouraged large families to populate its provinces and fill the army’s ranks. Faustina was the wife of Emperor Marcus Aurelius and mother of his thirteen children.

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Artist

Ancient Roman

Title

Aureus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Antoninus Pius

Origin

Roman Empire

Date

138 AD–161 AD

Medium

Gold

Inscriptions

Obv: IMP AEL CAES HADRI ANTONINVS Rev: AVG PIUS PMTRP COS DES II

Dimensions

Diam. 2.0 cm; 6.99 g

Credit Line

Gift of William F. Dunham

Reference Number

1922.4253

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