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Sestertius of Antoninus Pius

This Roman sestertius was sent in by Stephen Palmer to be identified and valued. Most large Roman base metal coins that come out of the ground are worn or corroded or both but this one is in well above average condition for a detecting find.

This sestertius was struck for Antoninus Pius and has on the obverse a laureate head of the emperor and a legend that reads ANTONINVS PIVS P P TR P XVI. On the reverse the standing figure of Salus (flanked by S C) holds a long sceptre and feeds a snake rising from an altar and the legend on this side reads SALVS AVG COS IIII.

In Volume II of David Sear’s Roman Coins and Their Values sestertii of this type are listed as number 4216. They were struck at Rome during AD 152-53.


The coin has been smoothed on the high points but is otherwise in about VF condition with no corrosion and all the main details are clear. I’d say it should be worth around £125.

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