||Antoninus Pius / Apollo - Tomis||
19 mm diameter, 2.8 grams, AE |
Obverse: Antoninus Pius, laureate bearded head to the right, inscription [AYTK]AIAΔPI ANTΩN, outer pearl circle
|Reverse: god Apollo standing, wearing long chiton and peplos, with left hand over a lyre placed over a pedestal, with a patera on the right hand, [T]OMITΩNH MH[TPO]ΠO[ΛI]C, outer pearl circle|
The images of this coin are present on Romanian coins thanks to Mr Răzvan Dobrin. The coin corresponds to the description at number 1816 in the Moushmov catalog. The coin is very resembling with the one described at number 2611 in AMNG I, but the legends differ (AMNG = Die antiken Münzen Nord-Griechenlands, B. Pick, 1898).
About the legend on the obverse
The legend accompanying the head of emperor Antoninus Pius is AYT KAI AΔPI(ANOC) ANTΩN(EINΩC), standing for the Greek translation of Latin IMPERATOR CAESAR HADRIANUS ANTONINUS.
About emperor Antoninus Pius (138 - 161)
Antoninus was born in 86 AD, being son of Titus Aurelius Fulvus, a former consul. In 120 AD Antoninus was consul himself. He was adopted by emperor Hadrian in 138 AD. After the death of Antoninus the throne was occupied by his adoptive sons, Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus. His rule was very peaceful - in all those years Antoninus never participated to any military campaign. The sobriquet Pius was granted to Antoninus by the Senate, shortly after he became emperor.
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