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Antoninus Pius, Denarius

This coin was found by Tom Burton just before the latest lockdown came into force. Tom knew it was a denarius of Antoninus Pius (AD 138-161) but asked if I could provide him with a valuation.

On the obverse the legend reads ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P around the laureate head of the emperor. On the reverse the standing figure of Liberalitas holds an abacus and a cornucopia and is accompanied by a legend reading TR POT COS III; below Liberalitas, in the exergue, is LIBIIII.

David Sear, in volume II of Roman Coins and Their Values lists this type as number 4089 and dates it to AD 158. It was during the reign of Antoninus Pius that the Antonine Wall was constructed. This wall was situated further north than the one built on the order of Hadrian but due to the lawless nature of the region it was abandoned early in the reign of Marcus Aurelius


Tom’s find isn’t a rarity but is nonetheless quite an attractive denarius of a well-known emperor. The coin is well struck, in VF condition and should be worth around £80 to a collector of Roman silver.

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