Roman bronze as Antoninus Pius, 138-161 AD


Roman bronze as Antoninus Pius, 138-161 AD
See below for coin details, description and metrics.

A poem about this coin’s beauty:
“Emperor's profile right, Laurel wreath, legend in sight.Bronze coin shining bright.”

In Latin:
“Antoninus Pius, Regina laurea legenda est.Nummus aereus.“

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Ruler: antoninus pius Period: 138 to 161
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  • Material: bronze
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  • Diameter (mm): 25
  • Obverse: Emperor's profile facing right. Laurel wreath. Legend legible.
  • Reverse: Standing female deity with staff. S left, C right. Legend legible.
  • Roman coinage was first introduced in the late 4th century BC. The first Roman coins were made of bronze, copper silver as well as gold. The most common Roman coins were the silver denarius and the bronze As or Sestertius. The denarius was initially worth 10 As (hence its name a denarius meaning 10) but this was later changed to 16 Asses, while the sestertius was initially worth 2.5 Asses and later worth 4 Asses.
  • Like Brass, Bronze is an alloy of copper, but alloyed with Tin rather than Zinc. It was first used by humans around 3000 BCE. The earliest known examples of bronze objects are from the Sumerian city of Ur, in modern-day Iraq. Bronze was widely used in the ancient world for making tools, weapons, and armor, as well as for sculpture and other decorative items. The process of making bronze involves heating copper and tin to a high temperature and then pouring them into a mold. Once the metal has cooled and hardened, it can be shaped into the desired form. The bronze age was followed by the iron age - the spread of the Roman empire greatly contributed to the spread of iron-smelting technology.

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Dimensions 2.5 × 2.5 × 0.1 cm