ANTONINUS PIUS AE as. ROMAN BRITAIN, Britannia seated on rock. Rare

Ancient Coins - ANTONINUS PIUS AE as. ROMAN BRITAIN, Britannia seated on rock. Rare
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ANTONINUS PIUS AE as. Struck at Rome or possibly Britannia, 154-155 AD. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XVIII, laureate draped bust right. Reverse - BRITANNIA COS IIII, Britannia seated left on rock, shield & vexillum in background, S C in exergue. RIC 934, RCV 4296. 25mm, 9.6g.

This issue was apparently issued at both Rome and produced locally in Britannia. The 'branch mint' issue from Britannia is typically smaller, lighter, and stylistically inferior to the issue from Rome, usually differing enough to be clearly distinguishable. This example, of decent but somewhat crude style, is also struck on a somewhat crude flan and is possibly from the branch mint in Britannia.

This reverse type, with Britannia seated left on a rock, wound up adorning Great Britain's coinage many centuries later, essentially unchanged.

In the aftermath of defeating this rebellion, the 'border' of the empire was extended north of Hadrian's Wall, and a new turf wall was built along the Forth-Clyde isthmus, called the 'Antonine Wall'. Unfortunately, the Antonine Wall was abandoned within 20 years
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