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    Cash Distribution Scene

    Antoninus Pius (AD 138-161). AV aureus (19mm, 6.57 gm, 6h).  Rome, AD 145. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS IIII, laureate bust of Antoninus right, drapery on far shoulder / Antoninus, togate, seated to left on curule chair set upon raised platform, extending right hand and holding scroll in left; before him Liberalitas stands left, holding cornucopia; on ground before platform, citizen standing right, holding out a fold of his toga to receive coins, LIB IIII in exergue. RIC 141 variant (bust type). BMCRE 546. Calic├│ 1572 (R1). Rare. NGC MS 5/5 - 4/5, Fine Style.

    Though famously frugal, Antoninus Pius was not above maintaining his popularity by regular cash disbursements to the Roman populace (congiaria), personified by the goddess Liberalitas, who is shown here helping the emperor to hand out coins to a grateful citizen. A congiarium is recorded at the outset of his reign, two more occurred in the period AD 140-143, and a fourth occurred in AD 145, in which this aureus was struck. Tiberius is recorded to have given the first Imperial cash distribution, of 300 sesterces; Nero later upped the amount to 400, an amount which could have been given in the form of four gold aurei or 100 silver denarii. 


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