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    FDC Antoninus Aureus

    Antoninus Pius (AD 138-161). AV aureus (21mm, 7.24 gm, 6h). NGC MS ★ 5/5 - 5/5, Fine Style. Rome, AD 153-154. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVII, laureate head of Antoninus left / COS IIII, Antoninus, togate, standing left, holding globe in right hand and scroll in left. RIC 233e. BMCRE 815. Cohen 314. Calicó 1530. Well struck from fresh dies on a broad flan and possessing full mint luster. Fully worthy of the term fleur de coin. 

    Ex Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection (Heritage 3032,  10 April 2014), lot 30969; Stack's (New York, 10 November 1992), lot 16.

    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.


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