My first non-copper roman coin

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by YoloBagels, May 17, 2018.

  1. YoloBagels

    YoloBagels Well-Known Member

    As I look deeper into Roman coinage I decided to buy a roman denarius as my first non copper roman. I figuerd I'd go ahead and share it here.

    It is a 138-161 Antonius pius pax 1 denarius; bought on the bay.

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  3. Sallent

    Sallent Supporter! Supporter

    Nice, hope you got a sweet deal. A. Pius coins are nice and affordable ways to get into Roman silver.

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  4. ominus1

    ominus1 Well-Known Member

    that's a nice one!.. i've been collecting 14 years and still have yet to get one of A.P.. but i will for i'm not done yet! and welcome to the (silver)dark side. :)
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  5. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Redditor Lucis Aeternae

    I don't have a silver of AP but I do have this provincial with a fancy-turreted Tyche.


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  7. 7Calbrey

    7Calbrey Well-Known Member

    Tyche head- Left is not so common. BTW..@ ACH. Can't you manage to "enlighten" the photo or make it brighter and more visible? Thank you.
  8. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Redditor Lucis Aeternae

    Sure, I'll give it a shot. Black patina can be a bit tricky esp. if you are a photo newbie like me. I'll see if I can adjust it in Google photos.
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  9. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Nice pickup. You may find ancient silver habit-forming. It isn't necessarily all expensive, either. Many of the antoninianii of the middle empire are also impressive for the money, and can be found in decent grade with good - sometimes excellent - eye appeal, still for under $50 per coin.

    It's all relative, of course - fifty bucks might sound steep to someone who's collected late-Roman bronze - but if you ask me, any ancient silver in that <$50 pricerange is worth a look. You can still find denarii in the <$25 range, too, if you look hard enough, though of course the quality won't be so great.
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  10. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    BTW, this was the Antoninus Pius denarius from my first Roman collection (2007-08). It cost me something like $35-40 at the time.

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  12. Ryro

    Ryro Another victory like that will destroy us! Supporter

    Congrats! I sure do love holding ancient Denarii:greedy:
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    Antoninus Pius
    Antoninus Pius (138-161
    AD). AR Denarius (18 mm,
    3.39 g), Roma (Rome), 153-
    154 AD.
    laureate head right.
    Rev. COS IIII, Vesta
    standing holding simpulum
    and Palladium.
    RIC III, 229b.
  13. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Here is another one I had a few years ago.

  14. lordmarcovan

    lordmarcovan Eclectic & odd Moderator

    Crazy turrets, there! I don't recall noticing any with windows on Tyche's crown before. Neat coin!
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  15. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    RI Antoninus Pius 138-161 BCE AR Denarius.jpg
    RI Antoninus Pius 138-161 BCE AR Denarius

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    RI Antoninus Pius 138-161 BCE BI Tet Alexandria Egypt Dikaiosyne Scale
  16. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

  17. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Now that we have seen many denarii of Antoninus Pius we can ask beginners (only) a trivia question: What will you never find written on a denarius of Antoninus Pius? Hint: This is common to find written on coins of Caracalla and Elagabalus.
  18. Parthicus

    Parthicus Well-Known Member

    Since this thread seems near its end, it seems appropriate to add my posthumous issue of Antoninus Pius, which shows his funeral pyre on the reverse:
    Antoninus Pius pyre.jpg
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  19. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    Congratulations on you're newest ancient!

    My first silver issues were:
    Septimius Severus , AD 193-211
    AR Denarius, 3.3g, 20mm; 1h; Rome, AD 209
    Obv.: SEVERVS PIVS AVG, laureate head right
    Rev.: PM TRP XVII COS III P P; Neptune standing left, holding a trident, foot on globe

    Philip I, AD 244-249
    AR, Antoninianus, 3.7g, 21.5mm; 1h; Rome, AD 247
    Obv.: IMP M IVL PHILIPPVS AVG; radiate, draped & cuirassed bust right Rev.: P M TR P IIII COS II P P; Felicitas standing left holding caduceus & cornucopia.

    Those two coins pushed me into collecting ancients nearly full time...except for the odd token.
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  20. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    Also you can get some very cool bronze only one:
    Antoninus Pius, AD 138-161
    AE, As, 27mm, 9.3g; 2h; Rome, AD 148-149
    Obv.: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XII; Laureate head right, aegis on left shoulder
    Rev.: MVNIFICENTIA AVG; elephant walking right with trunk raised
    In Ex.: COS IIII SC

    MVNIFICENTIA AVG refers to the games he held during the celebration of his vota decenallia (AD 149)
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  21. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES! Supporter

    My first was a group of 4 I picked up at a coin show, but this AP was one of them.

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