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Antoninus as Caesar


Antoninus Pius. As Caesar, AD 138. AV Aureus (18.5mm, 7.34 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck under Hadrian, AD 138. IMP T AEL CAES ANTONINVS, bareheaded, draped, and cuirassed bust right / TRIB • POT COS • around, CONCORD in exergue, Concordia seated left, holding patera in right hand and resting left arm on statuette of Spes set on base. RIC II 453a var. (Hadrian; no cornucopia under throne); Strack 405ζο (Hadrian; same dies as illustration); Calicó 1488 (same dies as illustration); BMCRE p. 371, note *; Biaggi 701 (same dies); Jameson –; Mazzini –. Lustrous, some light marks on obverse. EF. With a high-relief portrait of fine style.

From the Provence Collection.

This aureus, which conspicuously lacks the title of Augustus, is generally assigned to the five-month period of Antoninus's Caesarship under Hadrian. Hill, however, places it after Hadrian's death and during Antoninus's dispute with the Senate over Hadrian’s deification, during which he renounced the title of Augustus.