Antoninus Pius Sesterz - solid brass patinated
This is a so-called consecration coin, which was struck at the beginning of the 2nd century under Marc Aurel. Each replica consists of a solid brass casting and a subsequently patinated surface. The weight of 17g gives the coin a valuable feeling. The diameter is about 3 cm.
- approx. 25 g
- massive brass casting
- patinated surface
- relief-like depictions
- Diameter: 30 mm
- each piece is unique
- Incl. box
The coin inscriptions
The inscription on the front with the imperial profile reads: ""DIVVIS ANTONINVS"". "("Divus Antoninus" = "the divine Antoninus"). The back shows a pyre consisting of four floors with the inscription ""CONSECRATIO"". According to the belief at that time, this means that the deceased was now taken into the Roman heaven of gods. This act took place by a senate resolution (""SC""), in the context of a public consecration.
Deification or Apotheosis
Such consecration coins often showed the deceased with the epithet ""DIVVS"" on the obverse. "(""Divus"") and on the back either an eagle or a pyre. To take care of the "deification" of the deceased was the responsibility of the respective successor. At the same time, this process increased the prestige and legitimacy of the successor to the emperor's title. In the case of Antoninus Pius, it can be assumed that the coin was minted at the beginning of the reign of Marc Aurelius, the adopted son and heir to the throne of Antoninus Pius.
A piece of the Roman imperial cult
The artistic representation of an apotheosis was originally not reserved for the rulers alone. During the Roman Empire, however, it became a legitimate means of the imperial cult. A consecration coin was thus not only a profane means of payment, but also a kind of commemorative coin of the deceased emperor. With the replica you also acquire a piece of the Roman commemorative culture.
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