Unusual Antoninus Pius Sestertius Obverse?

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  1. Harry G

    Harry G Well-Known Member

    Hi all!

    I recently bought this coin, and am a bit confused by the obverse. It appears to read something along the lines of [...]NINVS AVG AFM[...], which is an obverse legend I have never seen before for Antonius Pius. I'm wondering if the coin isn't Antoninus Pius after all, or maybe it's provincial? Any thoughts? unidentified sestertius.png

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Roman Collector

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    Marcus Aurelius.

    M ANTONINVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX
    or
    M ANTONINVS AVG ARMENIACVS PM (and similar)
     
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  4. Roman Collector

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    Probably a Providentia reverse type. Something like this one (there were multiple issues of this reverse type and in the absence of legible inscriptions, I don't think you'll be able to narrow it down).

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  5. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Nice coin - nicer than my Antoninus Pius Providentia sestertius.

    Note the differences in the portraits to your Marcus Aurelius - although they are similar, Marcus has a longer beard, curlier/bushier hair and bulgier eyeball.

    Antoninus Pius - Sest. Providentia lot June 2018 (0).jpg

    Antoninus Pius Æ Sestertius
    (155-156 or 156-157 A.D.)
    Rome Mint

    AN[TONINVS AVG PIVS PP IMP II], laureate head rt. / [TR POT XIX COS IIII] S-C across fields, Providentia standing left, pointing at large globe at feet and holding vertical sceptre.
    RIC 946 or 966 (XIX /XX).
    (22.00 grams / 31 mm)

    I think I need to upgrade this one...:rolleyes:
     
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