IMP CAES T AEL HADR ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP, Head of Antoninus, laureate, right
TR POT XIIII COS IIII; Tranquilitas, draped, standing right, resting right hand on rudder set on ground and holding two corn-ears downwards in left; TRANQ in exergue
18mm; 3.6g; 6h
gVF; exceptional portrait, full legend visible on obverse; reverse struck off centre with two letters faint due to filled revers
BMC 737; RIC 202; RSC 825; Sear 4108
Antoninus Pius was one of the Five Good Emperors. Under his 23 year long reign, Rome saw peace that it had not seen for some time. Vesta was the Roman goddess of peace and tranquility. According to Coins of the Roman Empire in the British Museum, the following events occurred during the issue of this coin: Victory in Mauretania Caesariensis; Apologia of S. Justin; earthquake in Bithynia and Hellenspont; and the inauguration of the Temple of Divus Hadrianus and Diva Sabina.