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    Welfare, Roman Style

    Antoninus Pius (AD 138-161). AV aureus (19mm, 7.06 gm, 6h). NGC XF 5/5 - 3/5. Rome, AD 145-161. ANTONINVS AVG PI-VS P P TR P COS IIII, laureate head of Pius right / Pius seated left on platform, extending hand toward citizen standing right, who holds out fold of toga to receive distributions; beside emperor, Liberalitas standing left, holding coin counter and cornucopia; LIB IIII in exergue. RIC 141c. CRE 546 note. Cohen 496. Calic├│ 1571. An interesting type with an informative reverse.

    With some justification, the Romans have been said to have invented the "welfare state" by instituting state-run schemes to distribute food to the urban poor, various low-interest loan programs, and regular cash handouts as depicted on the reverse of this aureus.


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