RPC IV.4, 1412


Image of specimen #3


Coin type
Volume IV.4
Number 1412
Province Egypt
Region Egypt
City Alexandria
Reign Antoninus Pius
Person (obv.) Antoninus Pius (Augustus)
Person (rev.) Marcus Aurelius (Caesar) ; Faustina II (Augusta)
Issue Year ΙϚ = 16
Dating AD 152/3
Obverse inscription ΑΝΤωΝΙΝΟϹ ϹΕΒ ΕΥϹΕΒ
Obverse design laureate-headed bust of Antoninus Pius wearing cuirass and paludamentum, right, seen from rear
Reverse inscription L ΙϚ
Reverse design emperor (Marcus Aurelius as Caesar), wearing toga, standing, right, holding scroll, clasping hands with Faustina II, veiled, standing, left, holding long sceptre
Metal debased silver
Average diameter 23 mm
Reference D 2128, pl. VII (rev.)
Specimens 3 (0 in the core collections)
Note The type seems to be copied from an imperial denarius type celebrating the marriage of Marcus and Faustina II with the inscription CONCORDIAE: cf. Beckmann 2012, p. 36 fig. 2.17. There Marcus holds a scroll. That is probably what is intended here although the object held by Marcus on the tetradrachm looks a bit like a mappa. There may have been some confusion with the group of Antoninus Pius and Diva Faustina I (cf. Beckmann 2012, p. 35). The imperial type was catalogued in RIC III, 381 as Antoninus Pius and Diva Faustina I but the specimen illustrated by Beckmann clearly shows Marcus. The type at Alexandria also clearly depicts Marcus.

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     Aiello
2 2     D 2128, pl. VII (rev.) = Naville Numismatics 34, 17 Sept. 2017, lot 282
3 3     ✸ Staffieri (Figari - Mosconi 482)