Aureus of Antonius Pius

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Acquired in 1910 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 113
collection_code
SCP
credit
Bequeathed by Mr George Salting
date_end
0152-12-31
date_start
0151-01-01
date_text
151-152 AD (made)
descriptive_line
Coin (aureus), gold, head of Antoninus Pius / Peace, Roman, ca. 152 AD
dimensions
Diameter: 1.9 cm, Weight: 7.35 g
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
historical_context_note
Emperor Antoninus Pius, whose full title was: Caesar Titus Aelius Hadrianus Antoninus Augustus Pius. He was born Sept. 19, 86AD at Lanuvium, Latium and died on March 7 161AD at Lorium, Etruria. He was Roman emperor from 138-161AD. Of Gallic origins, he served as consul (120) before being assigned judicial administrative duties in Italy. He later governed the province of Asia (c. 134). He became an adviser to Hadrian and in 138 was made Hadrian's heir. On accession he had the deceased emperor declared a god; for such dutiful acts he was named Pius ("Pious"). He quelled rebellions in Britain and other provinces and built the Antonine Wall. Mild-mannered and capable, he was the fourth of the "five good emperors" who guided the empire through an 84-year period (96-180) of internal peace and prosperity.
historical_significance
history_note
From the Salting bequest.
id
258558
label
last_checked
2014-08-30T10:53:07.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-30T10:53:07.000Z
latitude
41.903111
location
In Storage
longitude
12.49576
marks
'IMP CAES T AEL HADR ANTONIUS AVG PIVS P P' (IMP[ERATORI] TRAIANO AUG[USTO] DAC[ICO] P[ONTIFICI] M[AXIMO] TR[IBUNICIAE] P[OTESTATIS] CO[NSULO] VI [SEXTO] P[ATER] P[ATRIAE]) 'TR POT XV COS IIII / PAX' (S[ENATUS] P[OPULUS] Q[UE] R[OMANUS] OPTIMO PRINCIPI) The Roman Senate and people to the best leader.
materials
gold
materials_techniques
Gold
museum_number
A.685-1910
museum_number_token
a6851910
object_number
O310883
object_type
Coin
on_display
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
Gold coin. On the obverse is a head of Antonius Pius to left; border of dots. Inscription. Reverse: Inscription. Peace standing left, holding olive branch and sceptre. Border of dots.
place
Rome
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production_note
production_type
public_access_description
This gold coin (auresus) depicts Emperor Antonius Pius. Emperor Antoninus Pius' full title was: Caesar Titus Aelius Hadrianus Antoninus Augustus Pius. He was Roman emperor from 138-161AD. Of Gallic origins, he served as consul (120) before being assigned judicial administrative duties in Italy. He later governed the province of Asia (c. 134). He became an adviser to Hadrian and in 138 was made Hadrian's heir. On accession he had the deceased emperor declared a god; for such dutiful acts he was named Pius ("Pious"). Mild-mannered and capable, he was the fourth of the "five good emperors" who guided the empire through an 84-year period (96-180) of internal peace and prosperity. The aureus was an ancient Roman gold coin, issued from around the 1st century BC up to the 4th century AD. One aureus was worth 25 silver denarii. The denarius was a small silver coin and the principal silver coin issued in the ancient Roman currency system from the late 3rd century BC until the early 3rd century AD.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
slug
aureus-of-antonius-pius-coin-unknown
sys_updated
2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
Aureus of Antonius Pius
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vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
152
year_start
151