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: LVPL-F90B12

Record: LVPL-F90B12
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A copper alloy contemporary copy of a dupondius of Antoninus Pius, (138-61). Reverse: [...] III; indecipherable type. Reece period 7.
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PAS record number: LVPL-F87F34

Record: LVPL-F87F34
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A copper alloy as of Antoninus Pius, (AD 138-61). Rome mint. Reverse: [...] S C; female figure standing left, raising right hand. Reece period 7.
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PAS record number: YORYM-E4A5DD

Record: YORYM-E4A5DD
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A copper alloy As of Antoninus Pius dating to the period AD 139 (Reece Period 7). FELICITAS AVG S.C. reverse type depicting Felicitas standing…
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PAS record number: NMGW-3A06EA

Record: NMGW-3A06EA
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: Roman copper alloy coin Faustina I, wife of Antonius Pius (AD 138-61) sestertius, Rome Probably a lifetime issue (c. 138-41) Rev.: probably…
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PAS record number: WILT-25C9B9

Record: WILT-25C9B9
Object type: COIN
Broadperiod: ROMAN
Description: A copper alloy Roman dupondius, possibly of Antoninus Pius (AD 138-61) (Reece Period 7), unclear reverse with figure standing left. Mint of Rome.
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  • Preferred label: Antoninus Pius
  • Full names:
    • Antoninus Fulvius Pius
    • Antoninus Pius
    • Titus Aurelius Fulvius Boionius Arrius Antoninus (from birth to adoption by Hadrian);
    • Caesar Titus Aelius Hadrianus Antoninus Augustus Pius (as emperor)
    • Pius, Antoninus
    • Titus Aelius Caesar Antoninus (from adoption to accession);
  • 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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