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Emperor Antoninus Pius, Silver Denarius, Pax, Circa AD 139

Denomination: Silver denarius

Period: Roman imperial

Date: c AD139

Origin: Rome mint

Condition: Fine

Obverse: Laureate head, right, ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP

Reverse: Pax standing left, holding branch and cornucopia, TR P COS II

Size and Weight: 17mm, 3.06g

References: S4110 var, RIC 42

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!

Pax was the Roman goddess for peace. The deity was adopted from the Greek equivalent, Eirene, by the emperor Augustus, largely as a propaganda tool to bring stability to a war torn empire. Altars, temples and festivals were later introduced. Having an association with spring, she is often depicted holding an olive branch and cornucopia (as in our coin) symbolising a peace offering and fruitfulness: a philosophy new to Romans!




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

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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