Cassius Dio attributes these words to the mouth of Antoninus Pius on the senate's refusal to deify his adoptive father, Hadrian. According to Dio and the Historia Augusta, Hadrian had been responsible for the 'illegal' deaths of a number of senators, and at the time of his death there were other senators waiting to be executed. Antoninus pardoned these men, claiming that Hadrian was already resolved to do the same before his passing. Compared to Hadrian's frosty and distant relationship with the senate, being a man who extensively toured his empire and invested heavily in works across many of the provinces, Antoninus spent almost his entire reign in close proximity to Rome and supposedly lived as humble a life as is possible given his situation. He initially refused to be hailed Augustus by the senate until they relented and deified his adoptive father, and afterwards was named Pius in recognition of his familial piety. RIC 660A - Sear 4275 ANTONINVS AVG PIUS P P TR P COS III GENIO SENATVS - Genius of the Senate, togate, standing left holding branch and short sceptre 26mm, 12.12g, Dupondius, 142AD Ex. Naville Live Auction 40 Lot 702, 27/05/2018 I find the story of Antoninus Pius' refusal of the title of Augustus an irresistible tale that seems to indicate his character quite well, even though we must always be wary of the veracity of the historical sources around the time of the Antonines. I hopefully will be adding one of the coins of 138AD featuring a bare headed Antoninus without the titles Augustus or Pius in the near future, but I couldn't resist buying this one for the superb portraiture, brilliantly expressive Genius of the Senate, and the 'Tiber patina' which is unlike anything else in my collection. Please share your coins with your favourite portraits, 'Tiber patinas', or anything else you feel is appropriate.