Roman Empire Antoninus Pius, Sestertius, Aequitas AD 148/9

Denomination: Brass sestertius

Period: Roman empire

Date: AD 148/9

Origin: Rome mint

Condition: AVF/F nice dark green patina

Obverse: Laureate head, right, ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XII

Reverse: Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucopia, S-C across field, COS III or similar not visible

Size and Weight: 33.5mm, 22.02g

References: Spink 4162

Features and Provenance: As Hadrian's health deteriorated and with the death of his heir, Aelius Caesar, on New Years day138AD, a successor had to be selected. Antoninus was the chosen heir to be adopted by Hadrian. However, there were certain stipulations that Hadrian put forward before he would agree - Antoninus himself had two adopt two heirs: Marcus Aurelius (aged 17) and Lucius Verus (aged 8). He did so, and even though he took the throne at the age of 52, he reigned for another 23 years, marred only by disturbances in Britain!

Aequitas was the goddess of fairness and was used by the emperors to demonstrate conformity and fairness in their coinage as well as their choices in governing. She is often shown holding scales, depicting balance and equality, and has past into the English language as equity and the concept of justice.

 

 

Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible

 

 

 

 

 

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