Stay One Step Ahead

Ancient Rome (Imperial) 161 AD Antoninus Pius Silver Denarius Funeral Pyre RIC III 436 Very Fine

Ancient Rome (Imperial) 161 AD Antoninus Pius Silver Denarius Funeral Pyre RIC III 436 Very Fine

Rollover image to zoom | Full image view
Rollover image to zoom | Full image view
Click above thumbnail to see alternative view
Product ID:
P-32361

Struck following his death.

Request Audio
Audio on Request
Request an expert staff to prepare an audio description for this item.
$250
Make an Offer Ask a question Propose a Trade
  • Our Guarantee

    We unconditionally guarantee the authenticity, title and grade of every item we sell. The tax invoices we supply ensure that you have these guarantees in writing.

    If you are in any way dissatisfied with an item you purchase from us, simply return it within 7 days at our expense and we'll either provide you with a replacement (where possible) or give you a prompt refund in full (including the cost of return post).

  • Availability

    All items ship within 24 hours of confirmed payment being received.

  • Secure delivery at a flat rate

    All orders are delivered via registered and insured mail at a flat rate of $8 for orders within Australia, and $25 internationally.

    Registered mail within Australia can take up to 1 week to arrive, while international registered mail can take up to 3 weeks. Urgent orders can be sent via Australia Post Express Mail at special request.

  • Return Policy

    We know you won't really be 100% satisfied with your online purchase until you actually get to see it for yourself. If you aren't 100% happy with it after you've physically examined it, our refund policy allows for a full refund (including the cost of return post), no questions asked. The item obviously must be returned in the same condition and in the same way we sent it out.

Description:

Ancient Rome (Imperial) 161 AD Antoninus Pius Silver Denarius Funeral Pyre RIC III 436 good VF

Emperor: Antoninus Pius

Obverse: Bust of Antoninus Pius to right, legend around. Legend: DIUS ANTONINUS

Reverse: Funeral pyre, legend around. Legend: CONSECRATIO

Reference Numbers: RIC III 436

Diameter: 17.50mm Weight:3.38g Metal: Silver

Condition: good VF


Struck following his death.

"He was a man of steady and sound morals, which was clearly shown in that his firm character was corrupted neither by unbroken peace nor prolonged idleness, so much that at length the cities were as fortunate as if they had been realms of wisdom." Aurelius Victor Book of the Caesars 15

Antoninus Pius ruled the Roman empire for almost a quarter of a century, yet is thought to have left less of a mark on it than any of his predecessors. Whether he was able to shelter under the prodigious achievements of his predecessors Trajan and Hadrian, or if he simply had the good fortune to rule when the empire faced no major external threats and was at relative peace, remains a subject of discussion to this day. Some believe that the real achievement of Antoninus Pius was to provide firm government without the ostentatious displays of power so often associated with imperial rule.

Antoninus Pius was apparently content to remain at the centre of the Roman Empire, and pull strings as required - dispatching governors and generals to solve frontier crises and settle provincial problems.

His rule was by no means 23 years of untroubled peace - while there may not have been a major war during his reign, there is evidence of near continuous fighting and unrest.

Early in the reign, perhaps in the quest for military glory, the decision was taken to conquer southern Scotland. Hadrian's Wall was abandoned, and a new frontier defence constructed 40 miles to the north: the so-called Antonine Wall. Soon afterwards there was trouble in Mauretania, then in Germany, and rebellions in Egypt, }udaea and Greece. Still later in the reign there was warfare against the Dacians and Alans who threatened the Danube provinces. Such was the prestige of Roman arms that Antoninus was sometimes able to achieve significant ends by diplomacy alone. A mere letter to Vologaeses king of Parthia was sufficient to dissuade him from attacking Armenia, and Antoninus was accepted as arbiter in disputes by client kings and neighbouring states.

Unlike so many of his predecessors and successors, Antoninus Pius' died peacefully. His passing was honored with a huge issue of several types of commemorative coins, such as this example.

Most of the types used the standard reverse legend of CONSECRATIO - a collection of coins of Antoninus Pius certainly should include at least one of the post mortem issues.

This particular example features a bold portrait of pleasing style, and retains plenty of the fine detail on the reverse.