Antoninus Pius, 138-161 AD, AE Sestertius, Emperor at Altar, struck 153-154 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Antoninus Pius
City/Region:
Rome mint
Denomination:
AE Sestertius
Composition:
Orichalcum
Date:
158-159 AD
Obverse:
ANTONINVS AVG PI-VS PP TR P XXII, Head of Antoninus, laureate, right
Reverse:
VOTA SVSCEP DECENN III, Antoninus, veiled, togate, standing left, sacrificing out of patera in right hand over tripod-altar left, left hand holding roll at side; S-C left and right, in field; COS IIII in exergue
Size:
32.85mm, 25.54, 12h
Grade:
Fine, well centred, brown patina, cleaning scrapes on reverse
Rarity:
rare, only a few examples in online auction archives
Provenance:
Pedigreed to 1915, ex Jacques Shulman (September 1915) with original tags, ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 409 (8 November 2017), Lot 610
References:
RIC III 1009a; Banti 527; SRCV II 1279; BMCRE IV -; Cohen II -

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Pedigreed to 1915. Includes original sale tag together with early 20th century Dutch collector's ticket. Interestingly the collector appears to have misread the legend on the reverse and has attributed this coin to Cohen II 1124.

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.