ANTONINUS PIUS (138-161 AD) AS - nice ELEPHANT-reverse - advertising and propaganda for the popular games in Rome 148-149 AD - VF

Ancient Coins - ANTONINUS PIUS (138-161 AD) AS - nice ELEPHANT-reverse - advertising and propaganda for the popular games in Rome 148-149 AD - VF
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ANTONINUS PIUS (138-161 AD) AS - nice ELEPHANT-reverse - advertising and propaganda for the popular games in Rome 148-149 AD - VF

 

“He held games at which he he displayed elephants and the animals called corocottae (hyens from Etiopia) and tigers and rhinoceroses, even crocodiles and hippopotami, in short, all the animals of the whole earth, and he presented at a single performance hundred lions together with tigers."

 

(Scriptores Historiae Augustae - The Life of Antoninus Pius - X)

 

 
Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP TR P XII - laurate head of Antoninus Pius right -

Reverse: MVNIFICENTIA AVG COS III / SC- elephant walking right, harnessed in armour

 

Munificentia: expressing the magnificient liberality of the emperor to the Roman people, in giving them public performances and spectacles.

 

David R. Sear: Roman Coins and their Valuesvol II (2002): no 4308 (Rome 148-149 AD)

RIC: no 862a

BMCRE: no 1840

C: no 565

 

21 mm - 12,57 gr

Ex: H. Vincent McCarthy, Southampton / Bournemouth England,1984

 

 
 
HISTORY

“In personal appearance he was strikingly handsome, in natural talent brilliant, in temperament kindly, he was aristocratic in appearance and calm in nature, a remarkable gifted speaker and an elegant scholar, very economical, an accurate landowner, gentle, generous, and mindful at others´rights … he was given the name of Pius from the senate … The imperial pomp he reduced to the utmost simplicity … never did he..render a decision on any question without previously consulting friends.

 
No senator should be executed in his regn … he was very prone to acts of foregiveness … philosophers throughout all the provinces he rewarded with honours and money … Rebellions, wherever they occurred, he supresseed not my means of cruelty, but with moderation and dignity … he died in his seventieth years of age (74 years old), but his loss was was felt as though he had been but a youth.”

 

(Scriptores Historiae Augustae - The Life of Antoninus Pius)

 

 
 
PHOTO

1+2: elephant AS

 

3: bust of Antoninus Pius -in the British Museum, London, November 2021

4: bust of Antoninus Pius - in the Capitoline Museum, Rome, December 2019

 
 
Ancient Coins - ANTONINUS PIUS (138-161 AD) AS - nice ELEPHANT-reverse - advertising and propaganda for the popular games in Rome 148-149 AD - VF
Ancient Coins - ANTONINUS PIUS (138-161 AD) AS - nice ELEPHANT-reverse - advertising and propaganda for the popular games in Rome 148-149 AD - VF
Ancient Coins - ANTONINUS PIUS (138-161 AD) AS - nice ELEPHANT-reverse - advertising and propaganda for the popular games in Rome 148-149 AD - VF
Ancient Coins - ANTONINUS PIUS (138-161 AD) AS - nice ELEPHANT-reverse - advertising and propaganda for the popular games in Rome 148-149 AD - VF
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