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    Antoninus Pius (AD 138-161). AV aureus (19mm, 7.21 gm, 6h). NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 3/5, scuffs.  Rome, AD 160-161. ΛNTONINVS ΛVG PIVS P P TR P XXIIII, laureate head of Pius right / PIETΛTI ΛVG COS IIII, Pietas (or Faustina Junior) standing left, holding two children in each arm, two more children standing to each side, the one at left reaching with left arm, the one at right grasping hem of Pietas's stola. RIC 313. BMCRE 1012 note. Cohen 630. Calicó 1605. Light scuff on emperor's cheek, otherwise a pleasing aureus with an appealing reverse.

    See lot 30025 from the Golden Gate Collection for an aureus with a similar reverse showing Faustina Junior, in the guise of Pietas, with three children. This example, struck a year later, celebrates the addition of a new infant to the Imperial brood, perhaps Annia Cornificia Faustina Minor, born circa AD 160, who is known to have survived into the reign of Caracalla.


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