Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Antoninus: Equanimity and Justice

    Antoninus Pius (AD 138-161). AV aureus (20mm, 7.28 gm, 6h).  Rome, AD 148-149. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XII, laureate and draped bust of Antoninus right / COS IIII, Aequitas standing left, holding balance scale in right hand and cradling cornucopia in left arm. RIC 177f. BMCRE 94 note. Cohen 235. Calic├│ 1505c (this coin illustrated). An exquisite aureus, deeply struck, with a high-relief portrait of exceptional artistry. NGC (photo-certificate) Choice AU 5/5 - 3/5, Fine Style, edge mark.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection. Privately purchased from Spink, London, Fall 1992. 

    Unlike the restless Hadrian, Antoninus never left Italy and was content to rule from Rome. Stability and equanimity were his watchwords, and his policies kept the Empire on an even keel for 24 years. He put no one to death, friend or foe. Only minor flare-ups in northern Britain and north Africa disturbed the general peace. The frontiers were maintained and defended, with his decision to build a new wall in Britain 80 miles north of the Hadrian's Wall the only instance of imperial expansion. He carefully groomed Marcus Aurelius as his successor, but neglected to provide him any military training. In fact the mild, civilian character of his reign may have unwittingly allowed storm clouds to gather and strengthen both within and beyond the frontiers. Nevertheless, later generations viewed Antoninus as the perfect emperor, and the tranquility of his reign took on the sheen of a lost golden age.

    This splendid gold aureus was struck in AD 148-149, a significant year that saw celebrations for the 900th anniversary of Rome's founding. The reverse figure of Aequitas holding the scales of justice perfectly characterizes the reign of this wise, just and clement emperor.

    All Roman gold coins from the Dimitriadis Collection have been issued a photo-certificate by NGC. These may be sent in for encapsulation after the auction at the request of the buyer, free of charge. Please e-mail SamS@HA.com if you would like to utilize this option.




    View all of [The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection ]

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2014
    10th-16th Thursday-Wednesday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 10
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 734

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    17.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 3 days left to consign to the 2019 September 4 - 9 Long Beach Expo US Coins Signature Auction - !

    Learn about consigning with us

    I could not have done better anywhere else.
    Paul R.,
    Carmel, NY
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 July 11 - 14 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando
    2019 July 11 - 14 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando
    REALIZED $5,813,572
    2019 June 27 - 28 HKINF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Hong Kong
    2019 June 27 - 28 HKINF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Hong Kong
    REALIZED $3,112,945
    2019 June 26-28 HKINF World Paper Money Signature Auction - Hong Kong
    2019 June 26-28 HKINF World Paper Money Signature Auction - Hong Kong
    REALIZED $2,686,315