ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius, 138-161 AD, as


ROMAN EMPIRE, Antoninus Pius, 138-161 AD, as, no date (142 AD), Rome mint, Obverse: laureate bust R, ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TRP COS III, Reverse: Bonus Eventus sacrificing L, BONO EVENTVI SC, bronze, 28-25mm, 11.8g, SR4295, nice olive patina, F+

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Antoninus Pius was adopted by Hadrian when the presumptive heir Aelius died. His thing was efficient administration, which he applied during a long and peaceful reign.

In the Imperial Period Roman coinage became an engine for governmental propaganda. All of the themes of the coins are celebratory of some aspect of govermental authority or achievement.

The Roman Republic was founded in response to tyrannical kings. It functioned for several centuries in a kind of balance of rich and poor people (slaves didn’t count). The general idea was that laws would constrain personal power. During the days of Julius Caesar, et al, powerful people became too powerful, and a new system of slightly constrained autocracy, the Empire, developed. The main catalog we use on this web site for Roman coins is Roman Coins and their Values, by David Sear.