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    Imperial Liberality

    Antoninus Pius (AD 138-161). AV aureus (20mm, 7.11 gm, 6h). NGC Choice AU 5/5 - 5/5. Rome, AD 147-148. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XI, laureate head of Pius right / CO-S I-I-II, LIB - V across field, Liberalitas standing left, holding coin counter in right hand and cornucopia cradled in left arm. RIC 169a. Cohen 504. BMC 628. Calic├│ 1577. An exceptionally clean and problem-free aureus, with a fine portrait and considerable luster.

    Liberalitas was the personification of generosity, particularly of the imperial kind. Her image is often used in conjunction with the regular distributions of cash and food to the Roman populace (see the following two lots), and she is usually shown holding a cornucopia and an object sometimes described as an abacus. This is most probably a special shovel or scoop with slots cut into it, so that a specified number of coins would be delivered to each citizen.


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    August, 2017
    3rd Thursday
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