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coin struck at Tomis by Antoninus Pius / Asclepius
19.1 mm diameter, 4.31 grams, AE
Obverse: Antoninus Pius, laureate bearded head to the right, inscription AYTKAI[AΔPI] ANTΩNEINΩ, outer pearl circle
Reverse: Asclepios standing, head to the left, wearing himation, left hand resting on his serpent-entwined staff (rod of Asclepius), with left hand under the folds of the garment, legend TOMI TΩN, outer pearl circle

The gold coin pictures above are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of Mr. Pavlos S. Pavlou. The coin corresponds to the description at number 1819 in the Moushmov catalog and is described in AMNG I at position 2624 (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) ANTΩNEINΩ(C), 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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