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Roman Silver Denarius Antoninus Pius, AD 138 – 161
The Roman Denarius was one of the most widely circulated coins in the ancient world. First issued in 211B.C. the Denarius remained in use for more than 450 years. At the time of its introduction, one Denarius equaled one day’s pay for a Roman soldier. Emperors from Nero onward gradually replaced the silver with other base metals, rendering the coin worthless less than 80 years after the rule of Antoninus Pius. Approximately 21mm, the Antoninus Pius Denarius is a mixture of silver with other base metals.
Emperor Antoninus Pius was a great administrator whose reign is considered the most peaceful in Roman history. He was also able to oversee a massive building program, centered on aqueducts, bridges and roads. Among his achievements was introducing the concept of “innocent until proven guilty.” The obverse depicts the Emperor’s laureled head right bust surrounded by the text "ANTONINUS AVG PIUS”. As many Denarius were issued under his name, the reverse image of the coin you receive may vary among all common designs.
What does CH XF from the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation mean?
A silver Denarius from the "Golden Age of Rome", this coin dates to almost 2,000 years ago. This coin is Certified CH XF, Choice Extremely Fine, by NGC (Numismatic Guaranty Corporation) with a comparable Sheldon Scale Equivalent of 45. This specimen featuring Emperor Antoninus Pius will be a treasured part of your collection.
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|Year of Issue:||AD 238-244|
|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!