Antoninus Pius (AD 138-161). AV aureus (19mm, 7.08 gm, 7h)...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionAntoninus Pius (AD 138-161). AV aureus (19mm, 7.08 gm, 7h). NGC Choice MS 5/5 - 5/5. Rome, AD 147. ANTONINVS-AVG PIVS P P, laureate bust of Antoninus Pius right, drapery over both shoulders / TR PO-T-COS IIII, Roma seated left, palladium in right hand, spear in left; shield set on ground at side. RIC III 147 var. (bust type). Calicó 1656. Pristine cartwheel surfaces with incredible eye-appeal.
Roma, the female personification of Rome, was from Republican times shown as a tall woman in military garb, carrying a spear and shield. She incorporated aspects of Bellona, the Roman goddess of war, and her sister warrior goddess Minerva. The Palladium was an archaic wooden statue of Pallas Athena (Minerva's Greek guise) that was supposedly rescued from a burning temple in Troy by the hero Aeneas, and carried by him to Italy, eventually finding its way to the Temple of Vesta in Rome.
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