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Antoninus Pius : rare 'OPS' denarius.


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Antoninus Pius, AD 138-161



18 mm, 3.08 gr, 7 h

Ric III,77, mint Rome 140-143

I have bought this coin 40 years ago in Madrid with some  other coins in a  shop near to the Plaza Mayor. I did not know at that time it was a rare coin and the seller also did not. I've bought it for the nice obverse side and a good reverse one....and did a good buy for, thr price I've paid.

Please, show your rare denarii,.

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That's lovely, and one you don't come across every day. Although Strack records specimens in Berlin, Paris, and Vienna, the British museum also has an example, as does the Portable Antiquities Scheme and the museum in Valencia. There are only a handful that have been sold at auction in recent years, per acsearchinfo. Nice pick up!

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Nice coin, @antwerpen2306 - I'd like to land one of those some day.  I do have two Antoninus Pius sestertii with Ops on the reverse - unappetizing condition, but they are hard to find, especially in my price-range:


It'd be interesting to know why Antoninus Pius featured Ops on his coinage - according to a diety search on OCRE, the only other emperor to put Ops on coinage was Pertinax:  http://numismatics.org/ocre/results?q=deity_facet%3A"Ops" 

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Lovely looking coin @antwerpen2306...Wonderful portrait!

Not a Denarius but quite rare...


Antoninus Pius AD 138-161. Æ As (27.1mm, 8.14 g.)..Rome mint, struck AD 139.
Obv. Laureate head right.
Rev. Fortuna standing left, holding rudder and cornucopia.
RIC II 533c (scarce)
Nice VF, good portrait.
Green patina.
Scarce 139 AD emission, without globe and COS II rather than COS III.

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