Antoninus Pius, AR Denarius, Vesta,  153-155 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Antoninus Pius
City/Region:
Rome
Denomination:
AR Denarius
Composition:
Silver
Date:
153-155 AD
Obverse:
ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XV, Laureate head of emperor right
Reverse:
COS IIII, Vesta standing left, holding patera and palladium; altar at feet left
Size:
16mm
Grade:
gVF; exceptional portrait, uneven edge on flan
Reference:
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.