New A.Pius bronze and hard to find?

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Mike Margolis, Feb 14, 2018.

  1. Mike Margolis

    Mike Margolis Well-Known Member

    Just won this one. Unlike many folks here on CT condition is not that important to me especially if it has a pretty patina with a good portrait. coinboughapiusrarebronzeAS.jpg I am enticed by a popular emperor whom I respect and a hard to find issue reasonably priced. This one appears to meet those criteria. I have found only two others like it, one an RIC 727 and a 727a both on acsearch. Not sure of the difference however. Wildwinds only has the RIC 727.
    Antoninus Pius AE As
    Rome Mint 143-144 AD
    Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P COS III Laureate head right
    Reverse: IMPERATOR II S C Jupiter, seated left, holding thunderbolt and sceptre
    References: RIC 727a Rare
    Size: 28mm, 12.50g
    Post your best A.Pius
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2018
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  3. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Nice coin, I like your collecting strategy you can also buy more if condition is not important. As long as there is enough detail to attribute the coin as with your Pius. 2015-01-07 01.08.08-9.jpg Antoninus Pius. AD 138-161. AE Dupondius 27mm, 10.58gm Rome mint
    struck AD 159 Octastyle temple within which are the seated figures of Divus Augustus and Livia. RIC III 1017.
  4. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    I like your new example @Mike Margolis
    Antonius Pius 4.jpg
    AR Didrachm
    OBVERSE: ANTWNEI-NOC CEBACTOC, laureate head right
    REVERSE: YPAT B PAT PATR, Helios, holding globe and sceptre, standing atop Mt. Argaeus; * in exergue
    Struck at Caesaria, Cappadocia, 139 AD
    6.2g, 21mm
    Syd 301c
    Antonius Pius 3.jpg
    AR Denarius
    OBVERSE: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P IMP II, laureate head right
    REVERSE: TR POT XIX COS IIII, Annona standing left with corn ears & modius set on prow
    Struck at Rome 155/6AD
    3.1g, 17mm
    RIC 249, C 983
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  5. Mike Margolis

    Mike Margolis Well-Known Member

    I had this little brother Drachm to yours, worn but with the mountain volcano reverse. I gave it recently as a gift: coinantoninusargeusboughtdrachma.jpg
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  6. randygeki

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  7. David Atherton

    David Atherton Flavian Fanatic

    Nor to me as well. Personally, this is what I look for in a coin: historical interest, rarity, style, and last but not least condition. I'm not saying I don't enjoy a fabulous EF, just that I can enjoy a worn fine style rarity just as much, if not more!

    BTW, nice pick-up!
  8. ominus1

    ominus1 When in Rome, do as the Romans do Supporter

    i'm still lacking any type of A.P. sample in my collection.. i really like your 1st one @Bing.
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  9. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Worn bronzes definitely have their appeal. They were the workhorses of the economy and have the wear to prove it.

    A-Pi struck some great AE types. I really like the series produced for the 900th anniversary of Rome, featuring scenes from its founding myths.

    Antoninus Pius - As Mars Rhea Silvia 2017 final.jpg ANTONINUS PIUS
    AE As. 11.34g, 27mm, Rome mint, 140 AD, RIC 694a. O: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, laureate head right. R: TR POT COS III SC, Mars right, holding spear and shield, descending through the air toward sleeping Rhea Silvia.
  10. Andres2

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  11. Julius Germanicus

    Julius Germanicus Well-Known Member

    Here is my nicest (and one and only) A. Pius, a Sestertius with Indulgentia reverse:


  12. gsimonel

    gsimonel Supporter! Supporter

    Technically, there is no 727. 727a has the right-facing bust, like yours. 727b has a left-facing bust. 727a is much more common than 727b.

    My AS.Pius:
    Silver Denarius
    Rome mint, A.D. 153-154
    Rev: COS IIII - Annonia, standing, facing left, holding corn ears in right hand and resting left hand on modius sitting on front of ship
    RIC 231
    18mm, 3.7g.
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  13. Mike Margolis

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  14. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    727a has the portrait facing right; 727b has it facing left

  15. Mike Margolis

    Mike Margolis Well-Known Member

    copied and saved- Thank you RC
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  16. Okidoki

    Okidoki Well-Known Member

    MACEDONIA Amphipolis, Antoninus Pius Ae 25 147-61 AD Tyche
    836 P Antoninus Pius RPCIV 5018.JPG
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  17. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    I don't like to play favorites but I do like my Alexandria obol which was struck with the flat side of the flan on the obverse contrary to common practice.
  18. Alegandron

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

    Hey @Mike Margolis , nice AE AP!

    I have NO AE... just a couple AR.

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

    RI Antoninus Pius 138-161 BCE BI Tet Alexandria Egypt Dikaiosyne Scale.jpg
    RI Antoninus Pius 138-161 BCE BI Tet Alexandria Egypt Dikaiosyne Scale
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  19. Mike Margolis

    Mike Margolis Well-Known Member

    View attachment 740690
    RI Antoninus Pius 138-161 BCE AR Denarius

    A beautiful radiant denarius. Flowing beauty on the reverse.
  20. Orfew

    Orfew Draco dormiens nunquam titillandus Supporter

    I only have one A.Pius. The condition is not great, but I love it anyway. It has a great provenance and it is a plate coin.
    Egypt, Alexandria. Dattari. Antoninus Pius, 138-161 Diobol circa 151-152 (year 15), Æ 22.5mm., 7.45g.

    Obv: Laureate bust r., drapery on l. shoulder.

    Rev. Agathodaemon erect, crowned with skhent; in field, L-E.

    RPC Online 15718 (this coin).

    Dattari-Savio Pl. 162, 3066 (this coin).

    Good Fine.

    From the Dattari collection.

    Ex: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow

    A Pius diobol Dattari.jpg
  21. Johnnie Black

    Johnnie Black Neither Gentleman Nor Scholar

    I’m the same way @Mike Margolis as condition isn’t a huge issue. You can see that clearly here.
    AD 138-161, AE Dupondius, 26mm, 14.15gm, Radiate head right / Providentia standing left, globe at feet.
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