IOW-6D3AD5: Roman Coin: Denarius of Antoninus Pius

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Unique ID: IOW-6D3AD5

Object type certainty: Certain
Workflow status: Published Find published

A complete Roman silver denarius of Antoninus Pius (AD 138-161), dating to the period AD 140-143 (Reece period 7). AEQVITAS AVG reverse type depicting Aequitas standing left holding scales and sceptre. Mint of Rome.

Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PI-VS P P TR P COS III; Laureate head right.

Reverse: AEQVI-TAS AVG; Aequitas standing left holding scales and sceptre.

Diameter: 18.4mm. Weight: 2.75g. DA=12:6.

As RIC III, p. 33, no. 61c.

Notes:

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.

Subsequent actions

Current location of find: Finder
Subsequent action after recording: Returned to finder

Chronology

Broad period: ROMAN
Subperiod from: Early
Period from: ROMAN
Subperiod to: Early
Period to: ROMAN
Date from: Exactly AD 140
Date to: Exactly AD 143

Dimensions and weight

Quantity: 1
Weight: 2.75 g
Diameter: 18.4 mm

Discovery dates

Date(s) of discovery: Sunday 9th September 2018 - Sunday 9th September 2018

Personal details

Found by: This information is restricted for your login.
Recorded by: Mr Frank Basford
Identified by: Mr Frank Basford
Secondary identifier: Dr Andrew Brown

Other reference numbers

Other reference: IOW2018-2-99

Materials and construction

Primary material: Silver
Manufacture method: Struck or hammered
Completeness: Complete

Coin data (numismatics)

Denomination: Denarius (Empire)
Denomination qualifier: Certain
Ruler/issuer: Antoninus Pius
Primary ruler qualifier: Certain
Reece period: Period 7 [138-161]
Mint or issue place: Rome
Mint qualifier: Certain
Obverse description: Laureate head right
Obverse inscription: ANTONINVS AVG PI-VS P P TR P COS III;

Reverse description: Aequitas standing left holding scales and sceptre
Reverse inscription: AEQVI-TAS AVG

Die axis measurement: 6 o'clock
Degree of wear: Very worn: fair
RIC Identifier: RIC III Antoninus Pius 61c
Status: Regular
Status qualifier: Certain

Coin references

  • RIC : III p. 33, no. 61c.

Spatial metadata

Region: South East (European Region)
County or Unitary authority: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
District: Isle of Wight (Unitary Authority)
To be known as: Isle of Wight

Spatial coordinates


Grid reference source: GPS (from the finder)
Unmasked grid reference accurate to a 1 metre square.

Discovery metadata

Method of discovery: Metal detector
Discovery circumstances: Club rally
Current location: Finder
General landuse: Cultivated land
Specific landuse: Operations to a depth greater than 0.25m

References cited

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Audit data

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Created: 12 months ago
Updated: 12 months ago

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