Divus Antoninus Pius (AD 138-161). AE sestertius (30mm, 23...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionDivus Antoninus Pius (AD 138-161). AE sestertius (30mm, 23.95 gm, 6h). NGC AU★ 5/5 - 5/5. Rome, after AD 161. DIVVS ANTONINVS, bare head of Antoninus Pius right, slight drapery on left shoulder / CONSE-CRATIO, four tiered ustrinum (or pyre) - the lowest most of which represents a plain draped podium with three small festoons, and the profile of a festoon at each end. The next tier forms the sepulchral chamber for the reception of the dead body. In the center is a pair of paneled folding doors, flanked by two niches on each side with statues and surmounted by a cornice. The tier above has four arched niches with statues and a cornice represented by beads; and the upper forms a lofty plain attic with hanging drapery in front. A lit torch flanks each end of the upper tier, which forms a pedestal surmounted by the quadriga of the deceased. All the tiers diminish in width from the base upwards so as to assume a pyramidal form. SC below. RIC III (Marcus Aurelius) 1266.
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