Aureus (Coin) Portraying Emperor Antoninus Pius

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Date:

AD 138/161

Artist:

Roman

About this artwork

Governing the People
The Good Emperors dedicated themselves to the well-being of the people, but as the back of their coins indicate, each ruler had his own understanding of what made good government.

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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