Antoninus Pius – Denarius – Eagle on Altar

Antoninus Pius , 162 AD , Roman Imperial Coins

Obverse: DIVVS ANTONINVS, Antoninus Pius bare head right.

The inscription reads:  Divus Marcus Antoninus Pius –
The Divine Marcus Antoninus, the pious.

Reverse: CONSECRATIO Eagle standing right, head turned left, on altar

The inscription reads: Consecratio. Senatus Consultum –
Consecration. Decree of the senate.

  • Antoninus Pius
  • Rome
  • Denarius
  • Silver
  • 3.06g
  • 18mm
  • RIC 430-1

Consecration issue, coin struck under Marcus Aurelius, 162 AD (Antoninus Pius died 161 AD).  With consecration Antoninus Pius got posthumously elevated among the gods.

The first consecration was under was Augustus, who had his adoptive father consecrated.  It soon became the custom in the Roman Empire for emperors to have their predecessors elevated to divus "god" status by the Senate, provided they considered them legitimate. Certainly not (always) for religious reasons

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