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    Imperial Grandchildren

    Antoninus Pius (AD 138-161). AV aureus (20mm, 7.20 gm, 5h). NGC MS 5/5 - 5/5.  Rome, AD 159-160. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXIII, laureate head of Pius right / PIETATI AVG COS IIII, Pietas standing facing, head left, holding globe in extended right hand and child in her left arm; a child standing to either side, each raising right arm. RIC 302. BMCRE 984. Cohen 622. Calic├│ 1602. Perfectly struck on a broad, round flan, with pristine surfaces and a fine portrait.

    Although the female figure on the reverse is nominally identified as the goddess Pietas, it is intended to represent Faustina Junior, Antoninus's daughter, who had married  the heir apparent, Marcus Aurelius, in AD 147. By the time this aureus was issued, AD 159-160, the couple had produced up to eight children, but only three had survived past the toddler stage. 


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