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    Antoninus Pius (AD 138-161). AV aureus (18mm, 7.24 gm, 12h). NGC MS 5/5 - 4/5, Fine Style. Rome, AD 145-161. ANTONINVS-AVG PIVS P P, laureate head of Antoninus Pius right / C-O-S II-II, LIB-V across fields, Liberalitas standing facing, head left, coin counter in right hand, cornucopia cradled in left arm. RIC III, 138c. Cohen 502. Calicó 1575. 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, 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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