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    Antoninus Pius (AD 138-161). AV aureus (20mm, 7.20 gm, 6h). NGC Choice VF 5/5 - 3/5, edge marks. Rome, AD 140-143. ANTONINVS AVG PI-VS P P TR P COS III, laureate head of Antoninus Pius left / LIBERALITAS / AVG II, emperor seated left on curule bench set on platform, extending right hand toward citizen standing right, who holds out fold of toga to receive distributions from Liberalitas standing left, pouring coins from cornucopia. RIC III, 74d. Calic├│ 1561. An interesting type with an informative reverse.

    With some justification, the Romans have been said to have invented the "welfare state" by instituting state-run schemes to distribute food to the urban poor, various low-interest loan programs, and regular cash handouts as depicted on the reverse of this aureus.


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