Antoninus Pius

Reece Period attributed: Period 7

Obverse image of a coin of Antoninus Pius

Member of the The Antonines dynasty.

Coins for this issuer were issued from 138 until 161.

Titus Aurelius Fulvus Boionus Arrius Antoninus was born in AD 86 to a politically-involved family. He eventually gained the honorific name 'Pius', possibly because of his devotion to duty and upstanding character. He took the usual route through Roman political offices, but he knew little of military affairs.

Hadrian adopted Antoninus in AD 138 after the death of designated heir Aelius Caesar. In turn, Antoninus adopted Marcus Annius Verus (eventually Marcus Aurelius) and the future emperor Commodus at the same ceremony. Antoninus' succession was unchallenged, and he introduced reforms for the acceptable treatment of slaves. An excellent public speaker, he ruled justly and compassionately. Antoninus engaged in no major military campaigns, and the empire enjoyed peace during his reign.

Antoninus Pius died of a short illness and was deified almost immediately by the Senate. He officially handed his power to his adoptive son Marcus Aurelius while dying. His body, along with his wife Faustina's, was laid to rest in the Mausoleum of Hadrian in one of the first imperial inhumations (as opposed to the more-common cremation).

Antoninus Pius followed his predecessor Hadrian's new fashion and wore a beard. He had a stern expression and was very tall and handsome.

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PAS record number: BH-B9070C

Record: BH-B9070C
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A copper-alloy sestertius of Antoninus Pius, dating to the period AD 138 - 161 (Reece period 7). Uncertain reverse. Mint of Rome. Diameter: 3…
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PAS record number: YORYM-B6999F

Record: YORYM-B6999F
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: An incomplete base silver denarius of Antoninus Pius dating to the Roman period. (Reece period 7). Reverse type uncertain, female figure stand…
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PAS record number: WILT-A34BE2

Record: WILT-A34BE2
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A copper-alloy Roman sestertius possibly of Antoninius Pius dating to the period AD 138-161 (Reece period 7), uncertain standing figure revers…
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PAS record number: LVPL-64B9EE

Record: LVPL-64B9EE
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A silver Roman coin Denarius of Antonianus Pius c. AD 274-275
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PAS record number: WAW-432B44

Record: WAW-432B44
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: Roman copper alloy sestertius of Antoninus Pius (AD 138-61), dating to AD 138-61, uncertain reverse type. Mint of Rome.
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  • Preferred label: Antoninus Pius
  • Full names:
    • Titus Aurelius Fulvius Boionius Arrius Antoninus (from birth to adoption by Hadrian);
    • Antoninus Pius
    • Caesar Titus Aelius Hadrianus Antoninus Augustus Pius (as emperor)
    • Titus Aelius Caesar Antoninus (from adoption to accession);
    • Antoninus Fulvius Pius
  • Title:15th Emperor of the Roman Empire
  • Predecessor: Hadrian
  • Successor: Marcus Aurelius, Lucius Verus
  • Definition: Antoninus Pius (Latin: Titus Fulvius Aelius Hadrianus Antoninus Augustus Pius; born 19 September, 86 AD – died 7 March, 161 AD), also known as Antoninus, was Roman Emperor from 138 to 161. He was a member of the Nerva-Antonine dynasty and the Aurelii. He acquired the name Pius after his accession to the throne, either because he compelled the Senate to deify his adoptive father Hadrian, or because he had saved senators sentenced to death by Hadrian in his later years.
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  • Death place: Lorium
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  • Other title(s):
    • Antoninus Pius
    • Consul of the Roman Empire
    • List of Roman emperors
  • Came After:
    • Marcus Peducaeus Stloga Priscinus
    • Sextus Erucius Clarus and
    • Cnaeus Arrius Augur
    • Marcus Annius Verus and
    • Titus Hoenius Severus and
    • Gnaeus Claudius Severus Arabianus
  • Came before:
    • Titus Statilius Maximus
    • Publius Dasumius Rusticus
    • Gaius Pomponius Camerinus
    • Hadrian and
    • Kanus Iunius Niger and
    • Lollianus and
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