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
|Credit line||Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas|
|Place of Origin||Europe/Italy/Rome|