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Collection Roman Collection
Catalog Number 2015.7.47
Object Name Coin
Description Roman Imperial coin, silver, AR denarius. Struck during the reign of the emperor Antoninus Pius (Titus Fulvus Aelius Hadrianus Antoninus Augustus Pius) in Rome, 140 C.E. The laureate head of Antoninus Pius faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III" surrounding image. On reverse, the bare head of Marcus Aurelius faces right in profile with the inscriptions "AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F COS" surrounding image.
Date: 140 C.E.

Remarks: Selected by Hadrian as the eventual heir to the throne, Marcus Aurelius was adopted by Antoninus Pius in 139 C.E. and given title of Caesar. He married Antoninus' daughter Faustina Junior in 145 C.E. and became emperor in 161 C.E. Antoninus Pius' coins were minted in Rome.

Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2002 (Vol II), #4524, pg 261
Title Antoninus Pius
Date 140 CE
Material Silver
Dimensions Dia-0.75 inches
Credit line Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas
Place of Origin Europe/Italy/Rome
Subjects Roman Empire
Ancient Rome