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Antoninus Pius was one proud grampa!! Like a modern grandparent who is quick to show an i-phone full of photos of the grandkids, Antoninus Pius issued many coins to show off his grandchildren, such as these.

Antoninus Pius, AD 138-161
Roman orichalcum sestertius; 22.64 gm, 31.5 mm, 12 h
Rome, AD 149
Obv: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XII, laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder
Rev: TEMPORVM FELICITAS, COS IIII in exergue, S C across field, crossed cornucopiae from which a grape bunch flanked by two grain ears hang, surmounted by confronted busts of two children
Refs: RIC 857; BMCRE 1827-29; Cohen 813; RCV 4236; Strack 1026; Banti 411.

Antoninus Pius, AD 138-161.
Roman AR denarius, 3.15 g, 18.1 mm, 11 h.
Rome, December, AD 160- March, AD 161.
Obv: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXIIII, laureate head, right.
Rev: PIETATI AVG COS IIII, Faustina II (as Pietas) standing left, holding a child on each arm; at each side of her, a child standing looking towards her and raising hand.
Refs: RIC 313c; BMCRE 1013-14; Cohen 631; Strack 384; RCV 4098.

Antoninus Pius, AD 138-161.
Roman orichalcum sestertius, 23.46 g, 32.3 mm, 12 h.
Rome, December 159 - December 160.
Obv: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXIII, laureate head, right.
Rev: PIETATI AVG COS IIII, Pietas, standing facing, head left, holding globe in extended right hand and child on left arm; on either side of her, small girl standing, raising one hand.
Refs: RIC 1031; BMCRE 2088-90; Cohen 621; Strack 1192; RCV 4205.

I have heard that grandparenthood is much more fun than parenthood. But I didn't have first hand experience to say whether or not this was true.

Last night, RC NOB C and his wife had my wife and me, along with my daughter-in-law's parents over for Father's Day dinner. After dinner, they gave cards and gifts to me and RC NOB C's father-in-law.

It was the best card and gift I had ever received!! I about fell out of my chair! So did RC NOB C's father-in-law!


And a T-shirt which read ...



So, sometime in February 2023, I'll be smiling so hard my face will crack and I'll be like Antoninus Pius showing off his first grandkid!

Faustina Jr VENERI GENETRICI S C Sestertius.jpg

Faustina Jr., Augusta AD 147-175.
Roman orichalcum sestertius, 22.96 gm, 30.4 mm, 11 h.
Rome, December AD 147-early 148.
Obv: FAVSTINAE AVG PII AVG FIL, bust of Faustina II, draped and wearing stephane, right.
Rev: VENERI GENETRICI SC, Venus Genetrix standing left, holding apple and child in swaddling clothes.
Refs: RIC 1386b; BMCRE 2145; Cohen 237; Strack 1306; RCV 4718.
Let's see your coins pertaining to GRANDPARENTHOOD!!!


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Grandpa Augstus and grandkids



Augustus Denarius
Obv.: Laureate head of Augustus right, CAESAR AUGVSTVS DIVI F PATER PATRIAE
Rev.: Gaius and Lucius Caesar standing facing, resting hand on shields, lituus and simpulum above, C L CAESARES AVGUVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT
Ref.: RSC 43, RIC 207

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10 minutes ago, Roman Collector said:

I have heard that grandparenthood is much more fun than parenthood. But I didn't have first hand experience to say whether or not this was true.

For me, it's been very true - I have six granddaughters and a grandson, and they've been a ton of fun! When they're little and you go to their house to visit, you (as the grandparent) get to fill them up with sugary drinks and snacks until they're bouncing off the walls, and then turn to your child (as the parent) and say, "Well, look at the time...I have to go home now"!

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I have 8 Grandkids, (5 Grandsons, 3 Granddaughters) with my 6 Daughters. Not all of them have kids, so someday more may be coming. I very much enjoy all of them... great young people, ranging from 5yo to entering High School. Luvem all!

Roman Empire
AR Denarius, 17.03mm, 3.76g
Augustus (27 BCE - 14 CE)
Lugdunum mint (2 BCE - 4 CE)
REV: C L CAESARES AVGVSTI F COS DESIG PRINC IVVENT, Gaius and Lucius Caesars standing, shields and spears between them.
Sear 1578, RIC 206

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..i am of the proud Grandparent crowd(don't get me started on pictures, i've about ran out of wall:P)..and recently discovered i have two more Granddaughters!...its a fine thing too...i told my Son awhile back i felt sorry for anyone who didn't get to experience being a Grandparent and i do...i'm supposed to get a visit today ^^...




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Congratulations, @Roman Collector! What wonderful news. I would very much like to be a Grandma someday, but that remains to be seen.

Here's Augustus with Gaius & Lucius:


Antoninus Pius with daughter  & assorted grandchildren:


And Antoninus Pius with daughter and one grandchild, perhaps Lucilla (in role of Ceres & Proserpina):



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