Roman Empire, Antoninus Pius (138-161 CE), Denarius(C)

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Roman Empire, Antoninus Pius (138-161 CE), Denarius(C)

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  • Size: 19
  • Weight/Dimensions: 2.4-3.4 g
  • Metal: Silver
  • Obverse: Portrait of emperor
  • Reverse: Various pagan deities reflecting contemporary political, military, and religious themes


His reign is notable for the peaceful state of the Empire, with no major revolts or military incursions, and for his governing without ever leaving Italy. A successful military campaign in southern Scotland early in his reign, resulted in the construction of the Antonine Wall. Antoninus was an effective administrator, leaving his successors a large surplus in the treasury, expanding free access to drinking water throughout the Empire, encouraging legal conformity, and facilitating the enfranchisement of freed slaves. He died of illness in 161 and was succeeded by his adopted sons Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus as co-emperors.