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Roman emperor Antoninus Pius died on 7 March 161 CE in Lorium, an ancient Etruscan village on the Via Aurelia, less than twelve miles west of Rome. He was 74 years old. He had ruled as emperor since 138 CE, when he succeeded his adoptive father Hadrian. Like Hadrian before him, Antoninus wore a short beard and slightly long, curly hair. This style had been a departure from the first generations of emperors, who from Augustus to Trajan were clean shaven and had worn short, cropped hair brushed forward on the forehead. (The fashion for clean-shaven faces dated back at least to the Roman Republican general Scipio Africanus.) Various explanations have been offered as to why Hadrian broke with this tradition, including that he had blemishes on his face, but the most likely is that he was a fan of Greek culture and thus adopted the hairstyle associated with Greek philosophers.

Antoninus was succeeded by his adopted sons Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, who carried on his signature look. It would not be until Constantine the Great in the early 4th century that Roman emperors revived the short hair and smooth cheeks of the Julio-Claudians, a haircut often referred to today as a “Caesar.”

DIVVS ANTONINVS, bare head right / CONSECRATIO, eagle standing right on garlanded altar, head turned left. RSC 156. BMC 48. SEAR 5192.
RIC 431 (Aurelius). Rome mint, after AD 161. 3,0 g - 18,5 mm


Please feel free to post any Consecratio coins or Nerva-Antonine dynasty coinage

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Antoninus Pius (138 - 161 A.D.)

AR Denarius

Struck Under Marcus Aurelius
O: DIVVS ANTONINVS, bare draped bust right.
R: CONSECRATIO, funeral pyre of four tiers with quadriga on top.
Rome Mint, 161 - 180 A.D.
RIC III M. Aurelius 438

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I have 2 Antoninus Pius denarii after being deified.


16 mm, 2,74 g.
Divus Antoninus Pius. Died 161 AD. AR denarius. Rome.
DIVVS ANTONINVS, head of Antoninus Pius, bare, right / DIVO PIO, square altar.
RIC III Marcus Aurelius 441; BMCRE 71 (Aurelius and Verus); RSC 357.


And a similar example to the OP coin.


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Great example @expat. A-Pi has some really nice coins. One of the funeral pyre examples is on my list but I haven’t found the right one yet.

Here are a few of my favorite A-Pi.

Roman Empire
Antoninus Pius, AD 138-161
AR Denarius, Rome mint, Struck ca. AD 140-143
Wt.: 3.01 g
Dia.: 17 mm, 6h
Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP TR P COS III; Laureate head right
Rev.: AEQVITAS AVG; Aequitas standing left, holding scales and sceptre
Ref.: RIC III 61; RSC 14

Egypt, Alexandria
Antoninus Pius
AE Drachm, Alexandria mint, struck RY 13 (AD 149/50)
Dia.: 34.2 mm
Wt.: 23.9 g
Obv.: ΑVΤΚΤΑΙΛΑΔΡΑΝΤωΝΙΝΟCEBEVC; Laureate head right
Rev.: TPIKA (date) IϚ (16); Nilus reclining left holding reed and cornucopia from which emerges a pekheis; crocodile below; L in left field
Ref.: Emmett 1621.13; online RPC IV.4 13673 temp. (This coin illustrated as coin no. 11)
Ex Theodosius Collection, Heritage Monthly Auction 271933, lot 35053 (Aug. 18, 2019)


Egypt, Alexandria 
Antoninus Pius
BI Tetradrachm, Alexandria mint, RY 11 = AD 147/8. 
Dia.: 24 mm
Wt.: 13.81 g
Obv.: ANTωNEINOC CEB EYCEB, Laureate bust right
Rev.: L ENΔEKATOV, Elpis standing left, lifting hem of skirt and holding flower
Ref.: Dattari-Savio pl. 111, 8160 (this coin illustrated); Emmett 1383.11; RPC Online IV temp #13607 (this coin cited).
Ex Giovanni Dattari Collection (1853-1923), illustrated in Dattari-Savio (pl. 111, 8160); Ex Robert L. Grover Collection of Roman-Egyptian Coinage, donated to the Art Institute of Chicago in 1981 (1981.511)

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12 minutes ago, Curtisimo said:

Great example @expat. A-Pi has some really nice coins. One of the funeral pyre examples is on my list but I haven’t found the right one yet.

The coin with the River God Nilus is a great looking coin. Thanks for sharing






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Divus Antoninus Pius. Died 161 AD. AR denarius (18mm; 2.71 gm; 6h). Rome mint, under Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, 162 AD. Obv: DIVVS ANTONINVS, bare head right. Rev: DIVO PIO, Antoninus Pius seated left, holding branch and scepter. RIC 442; RSC 352.



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Divus Antoninus Pius. Died 161 AD. AR Denarius (18mm; 3.03 gm; 6h). Consecration issue. Rome mint. Struck under Marcus Aurelius, 161 AD. Obv: Bare-headed bust right, slight drapery. Rev: Funeral pyre (more properly, an Ustrinum, based on recent scholarship) of four tiers  with statues and garlands, and surmounted by facing quadriga. RIC III 438 (Aurelius); RSC 164a. 


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I know Hadrian was the first with an actual beard, but if you look at coins of (for example) Titus, I don't think one could call him clean-shaven. I have no great coins of his, but here's one that definitely shows something there:


That issue aside, here's my own Divus Antoninus Pius:


And some other Antoninus Pius coins I like:










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My example


Antoninus Pius (Reg. 138-161 AD)
Posthumous Denarius,161 AD
Obv.: Divus Antoninus Pius / Laureate bust r., drapery on l. shoulder.
Rv: CONSECRATIO, Ustrinum 
Ag, 3.30g, 16.6x17.5mm
Ref.: RIC 438 (Aurelius), RSC 164a
Ex Pri stina Hoard
Ex David L. Tranbarger

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