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    Sublime, Austere Portrait

    Antoninus Pius (AD 138-161). AV aureus (20mm, 7.21 gm, 5h). NGC MS 5/5 - 4/5, Fine Style. Rome, AD 151-152. IMP CAES T AEL HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, bare head of Pius right / TR PO-T XV COS IIII, Pius standing left, togate, holding banded globe and short scepter. RIC 213. BMCRE 743. Cohen 964. Calicó 1663 (same dies). A medallic piece with a masterfully engraved portrait in stunning high relief.

    This portrait type, issued to mark the 15th year of Antoninus's reign, differs markedly from the imperial image on previous and subsequent issues. The head of Antoninus has an austere quality, lacking all ornament or indication of rank, with his hair and beard closely cropped, and his expression carries a deep solemnity perfectly conveyed by the Latin term "gravitas." The overall level of artistry is extremely high, showing the remarkable talent employed by the Rome mint during the Antonine epoch. 


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