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@expat..Nice expressive portrait..

Congrats on accepting your addition😉

I must admit I do like the AS denomination...Still nice in hand but a lot cheaper in general than the big Sestertius.

Here's my COS III with Anonna reverse.normal_1-20190803_1-Pg5LT9Bj4Kqkoe2DmRK76fLb4H8bY3.jpg.0d33e6a82fa36548e547505eb28d8fc1.jpg

Antoninus Pius. 138-161 AD. AE As (9.86 gm, 25.5mm). Rome mint. Struck 140-144 AD.
Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PI VS PP TRP COS III, laureate head right.
Reverse: ANNONA AVG, S-C, Annona standing right, holding grain ears over modius in right hand, cornucopia in left; at feet to right, prow right.
RIC III 675. VF.

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16 minutes ago, expat said:

Thanks for spotting that. Totally missed the lettering at the bottom. Newbie disease strikes again, lol

I have edited the OP image to convey the corrected attribution, thanks again

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Nice acquisition @expat

 

My only bronze of his (sestertius)

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Antoninus Pius, Sestertius - Rome mint, AD 140/144
ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, laureate head right
PROVIDENTIAE DEORVM, winged thunderbolt, S - C in field
25.86 gr, 31 mm
Ref : Cohen #682, RCV # 4208, RIC III # 618

 

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Very nice!

Here are my only two Antoninus Pius Imperial bronzes, an as and a dupondius. No sestertii. The dupondius weighs one-third more, but the as is actually quite a bit larger in diameter. 

Antoninus Pius AE As, 148 AD, Rome Mint. Obv. Laureate head right, ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XII / Rev. Elephant walking left, MV-NIFICENTIA AVG; in exergue COS IIII/S C in two lines. RIC III 863, Sear RCV II 4308 (var.), BMCRE 1840. 29 mm., 10.4 g. (Issued to commemorate games and spectacles held to celebrate 900th anniversary of Rome.)

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Antoninus Pius Æ Dupondius, Rome, ca. 159-160 AD, Rome Mint. Obv. Radiate head right, ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXIII / Rev. Pietas [representing Faustina II] standing left, holding globe in extended right hand and infant in left arm, two children standing at her feet, one on each side , each with one arm raised [probably representing the Emperor’s three granddaughters then living, namely Marcus Aurelius’s and Faustina II’s daughters Annia Faustina (a/k/a Faustina III), Lucilla, and Fadilla; issued before birth of Cornificia in Aug. 160], PIET-ATI - AVG COS IIII, S-C across fields. RIC III 1035, Sear RCV II 4280 (ill.), Cohen 625. 25.5 mm., 15.57 g. [Ex. Naville Numismatics, Auction 28, Jan. 22, 2017, Lot 611, previously in Italian collection (with old ticket in Italian in name of “Antonino Pio”)

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An emperor with great coins. Easily my best assēs are of Antoninus Pius.

Antoninus Pius As, 154-155image.png.8ba5471cd184c6fcc8ee45fb75a30b76.pngRome. Bronze, 26mm, 10.41g. Laureate bust of Pius right, no drapery on left shoulder; ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVIII. Felicitas standing left, holding corn ears and winged caduceus; FELICITAS COS IIII / S C (cf RIC III, 937). 'Coin of British Association'.

 

Antoninus Pius As, 154-155image.png.e3ad683cf531a897c00c5502f5659d57.pngBritain or Rome. Bronze, 8.63g. Laureate head right; ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVIII. Britannia seated left on rock, resting head on hand; arms in background; BRITANNIA - COS IIII around; SC in exergue (RIC III, 934).

This little coin is anonymous but likely came from Antoninus Pius...

Roman Imperial Quadrans, 81-161image.png.1cd9cbcdb3f2b02f4502035109626f0a.pngRome. Bronze, 13mm, 2.88g. Winged petasus. Winged caduceus; SC in field (RIC II, 32). Found near Rudston, Bridlington, East Yorkshire.

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Nice pick-up @expat.  I too have an ancient coin problem.  Your post inspired me to see what my recent Antoninus Pius additions were...

This came in yesterday, an Antoninus Pius as from early in his reign showing Genius with GPR in the exergue - Genius of the Roma People, apparently: 

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Antoninus Pius   Æ As (139 A.D.)  Rome Mint ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right TR POT C[OS] II, G P R in exergue, S C, Genius standing left, sacrificing with patera over altar and holding cornucopiae RIC III 568a; BMCRE 1165. (9.92 grams / 27 x 26 mm) eBay Aug. 2022      

In other recent Antoninus Pius pick-ups, this one came in a couple weeks ago, a sestertius showing the personification of Syria, part of a fairly scarce Aurum Coronarium issue featuring the provinces, anther issue early in his reign.  I now have four of them, and this is by far the best: 

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Antoninus Pius  Æ Sestertius (139 A.D.) Aurum Coronarium   Rome Mint ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right / [S]Y[RI]A, S-C, [COS II in exergue], Syriastanding left, holding crown and cornucopiae, at feet left, Orontes swimming left RIC III 590; BMCRE 1200. (24.71 grams / 31 x 30 mm) eBay July 2022         

"Hadrian's successor Antoninus Pius also issued a 'provincial' series of coins, in this case to celebrate the remission of half of the aurum coronarium.  This was a demand made by the emperor on the communities of the Empire...at the time of his accession...Antoninus' remission of half of this burdensome tax...was greeted with much enthusiasm & led to the production of an extensive series of aes coinage depicting crown-bearing personifications of various provinces..."  David Sear, Roman Coins & their Values, Vol. 1, Mil. Ed

 

Here's another one, a silver denarius; I really like the Apollo reverse types on imperials, somewhat uncommon for "goddess standing around" types (I've since soaked it in distilled water; the yellowish crud - glue? - came off immediately:

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Antoninus Pius Denarius (140-143 A.D.) Rome Mint ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III, bare head right / APOLLINI AVGVSTO, Apollo standing left, holding patera in extended right and lyre in left. RIC III 63Ba; BMCRE 186; RSC (Cohen) 59. (3.08 grams / 18 x 16 mm) eBay July 2022

Here is a dark green dupondius that I got from an eBay seller in Croatia - lots of fakes coming out of Eastern Europe these days, but this one looks okay (I hope):


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Antoninus Pius   Æ Dupondius (155-156 A.D.) Rome Mint [ANTO]NINVS AV[G PI]VS PP IMP II, radiate head right / [TR P]OT XIX [COS IIII], S C, Pax standing left holding branch and cornucopiae. RIC III 952; Cohen 981.  (13.46 grams / 25 x 23 mm) eBay June 2022 (Croatia)   Attribution Note:  No examples of RIC 952 are in OCRE and apparently none are in BMCRE (British Museum), but Wildwinds has two and several others can be found in acsearch auctions.

Here's a really ugly one, but as far as I can tell, it is not in RIC, so I'll include it.  It came in a lot and was not described.  These "not in RIC" types for Antoninus Pius come my way from time to time, leading me to believe RIC will be coming out with a pretty massive update in the future (as happened with Hadrian recently):

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Antoninus Pius  Æ As (155-156 A.D.) Rome Mint [ANTO]NINVS AVG [PIVS P P IMP II], laureate head right / [TR POT XI]X COS III[I], S C, Fides Exercitus, standing left, holding two standards Not in RIC; similar to RIC III 943a (sest.) / 951 (dupondius) See notes.  (8.28 grams / 24 x 23 mm) eBay May 2022 Attribution Notes: No Fides types for as denom. in OCRE.  "Reverse type for this issue and denomination unpublished in the major references." CNG Electronic Auction 186, Lot 188, 16.04.2008 https://www.acsearch.info/search.html?id=456868 See also Coin Talk member Colby J example, 10/22/19

I'll shut up (finally) with a provincial - a little AE from Rhodes I am quite fond of:

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Antoninus Pius  Æ 18 Caria, Rhodes (c. 138-161 A.D.) ΚΑΙCΑΡ ΑΝΤΩΝΙΝΟC, laureate head of Antoninus Pius right / ΡΟΔΙ-ΩΝ, radiate and draped bust of Helios right. RPC IV.2 Online 925 (temp.); BMC 419; SNG Keckman 785-7; SNG Copenhagen 910. (3.97 grams / 18 mm) eBay April 2022

 

 

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Very nice acquisition for your growing collection! That is RIC 738; BMCRE 1633; Cohen 533; Strack 931.

I don't have an example of that coin in my collection. Here's my favorite bronze of Antoninus Pius, however:

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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.

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On 8/20/2022 at 5:10 PM, DonnaML said:

Very nice!

Here are my only two Antoninus Pius Imperial bronzes, an as and a dupondius. No sestertii. The dupondius weighs one-third more, but the as is actually quite a bit larger in diameter. 

Antoninus Pius AE As, 148 AD, Rome Mint. Obv. Laureate head right, ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XII / Rev. Elephant walking left, MV-NIFICENTIA AVG; in exergue COS IIII/S C in two lines. RIC III 863, Sear RCV II 4308 (var.), BMCRE 1840. 29 mm., 10.4 g. (Issued to commemorate games and spectacles held to celebrate 900th anniversary of Rome.)

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Antoninus Pius Æ Dupondius, Rome, ca. 159-160 AD, Rome Mint. Obv. Radiate head right, ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXIII / Rev. Pietas [representing Faustina II] standing left, holding globe in extended right hand and infant in left arm, two children standing at her feet, one on each side , each with one arm raised [probably representing the Emperor’s three granddaughters then living, namely Marcus Aurelius’s and Faustina II’s daughters Annia Faustina (a/k/a Faustina III), Lucilla, and Fadilla; issued before birth of Cornificia in Aug. 160], PIET-ATI - AVG COS IIII, S-C across fields. RIC III 1035, Sear RCV II 4280 (ill.), Cohen 625. 25.5 mm., 15.57 g. [Ex. Naville Numismatics, Auction 28, Jan. 22, 2017, Lot 611, previously in Italian collection (with old ticket in Italian in name of “Antonino Pio”)

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Donna, may I suggest that you obtain a sestertius or two of Antoninus Pius. One of the reasons I collect ancients is that I am fascinated at the high quality work that ancient celators could do and those of Antoninus Pius, especially the large sestertii of the Pax Roman are examples of the best work available to collectors at a still reasonable cost. The price of these big sestertii for other emperors of the Pax Romana can be quite expensive and finding them in really nice condition is not so easy as those of Antoninus. Also at the end of his reign the Roman began to reduce the zinc in their coinage and replace it with lead making them very dark in appearance, something I don't like. They also shrank in size. Earlier than Antoninus the brass is large and often light in color but as these were among the most popular emperors (meaning they threw their weight around, killed a lot of people and expanded their conquests) historians (and numismatists) have made their coinage more desirable. I have here four of these Antonine sestertii, three of Antoninus himself and one of his adopted son and heir, and co-Caesar, Marcus Aurelius. As readers can see they are attractive and none of them broke the bank in their acquisition. The reverse of the Aurelius is HILARITAS, of the upper right coin, SALUS, of the coin of the lower right, Mars and of the lower right, INDUVLGENTIA.

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Very nice new As, and welcome to the addiction!  I like these IMPERATOR coins... Here's mine with Victory.

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Antoninus Pius, Ruled 138-161 AD
AE As, Struck 143-144 AD, Rome Mint

Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III; Laureate head right.
Reverse: IMPERATOR II; Victory, winged, draped, flying right, holding trophy, pointing upwards to right, in both hands, S-C in field.
References: RIC III 732a; BMCRE pg. 261
Size: 26mm, 10.07g
Notes: Pius was acclaimed imperator for the second time following the victory of Q. Lollius Urbicus over the Brigantes in Britain, and the construction of the Antonine Wall.

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