ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XV, Laureate head of emperor right
COS IIII, Vesta standing left, holding patera and palladium; altar at feet left
gVF; exceptional portrait, uneven edge on flan
RIC 238, RSC 201
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 is the virgin goddess of the hearth, home, and family. In her temple, was a hearth with a sacred fire which the Vestal virgins were responsible for ensuring never turned out.