Why add this ancient Silver Denarius of Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius to your collection?
This ancient coin is a beautiful example of a Silver Denarius struck at the Roman Mint during the reign of Antoninus Pius, AD 138-161. Antoninus Pius was the fourth of the Five Good Emperors, who ruled for nearly a century in a period of peace, artistic advancement and economic growth.
Symbols of Roman Mythology
The obverse features an image of Antoninus Pius, right facing, his head adorned with a wreath of laurel. Inscribed "ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVI."
The goddess Vesta stands on the reverse, grasping a simpulum in her right hand and the Palladium in her left. The simpulum is a long handled ladle-like vessel, used at religious sacrifices and often associated with Vesta. The Palladium is a statue linked to the destiny of Troy, guarded in the Temple of Vesta. The Palladium appears on many issues of Roman Imperial coinage, based on the popular belief that preserving its image would ensure that the Empire would flourish. The inscription "COS IIII" stands for "Consul Quartum," meaning "Consul for the fourth time."
Silver Denarius in Impressive Choice Very Fine Condition
Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's ancient coin experts in the NGC Ancients division graded this Silver Denarius of Roman Emperor Antoninus Pius to be Choice Very Fine (Ch. VF). The coin is sharply struck, featuring the characteristics of a coin earning a Sheldon Scale grade of 30-35.
This Roman Imperial Silver Denarius of Antoninus Pius belongs in your ancient coin collection!
This AD 138-161 Roman Empire Silver Denarius - Antoninus Pius NGC Ch VF is proudly minted by the Roman Mint. The expansive Roman Empire struck many varieties of coins throughout its reign. Carthage, Constantinople, and Alexandria were some of the empire's most prominent mints.
|Year of Issue:||AD 138-161|
|Legal Tender:||Roman Empire|
Few ancient coins are as recognizable as the Roman denarius. This small silver coin carries massive historical significance. Produced from 211 BC until the middle of the 3rd century AD, this denomination served as the backbone of Roman coinage and was the inspiration behind many later European coins. ModernCoinMart carries a very large selection of these denarii, at very affordable prices!