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Emperor Antoninus Pius Copper As, 139AD

Denomination: Copper As

Period: Roman imperial

Date: 139AD

Origin: Rome mint

Condition: Fine

Obverse: Laureate head of Antoninus Pius, right, ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P

Reverse: Fortuna standing left, holding a rudder and cornucopia, FORTVNA AVGVSTI COS II, S-C across field

Size and Weight: 25mm, 9.4g

References: Sear 4299

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!

The Roman deity Fortuna was the god associated with luck, regarded as the bearer of prosperity and increase. However, this luck could be good or bad and therefore she is represented blind and veiled, as in the modern form: Justice. 

 

 

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