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Denarius of Antoninus Pius

This Roman silver coin was found by Damon Barton whilst detecting in Suffolk. I was asked to provide further details about this rather attractive find.

The coin is a denarius of Antoninus Pius, whose dates are AD 138 to 161. On the obverse, facing right, is a laureate head of the emperor and the legend on this side reads ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XII. On the reverse the standing figure of Felicitas hold a caduceus and a cornucopia and is accompanied by a legend reading COS IIII.

In volume II of David Sear’s Roman Coins and Their Values denarii of this type are listed as number 4072. They were struck at Rome during AD 148 and 149.    

Valuation

This denarius is well and centrally struck and would grade about EF with good eye appeal. In its present condition a pre-sale auction estimate shouldn’t be any lower than £200

Roman silver coins in EF condition are not particularly rare. This is because they were struck in huge numbers and many specimens have managed to survive in remarkably good condition.

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