Roman Antoninus Pius Dacia Sestertius
Identifying this coin turned into an adventure
1. Antoninus Pius Sestertius
Bronze, 31mm, 23.58gm
Obverse: Laureate head right, ANTONINVS AVG PIUS
Reverse: Dacia standing, holding sickle, D in lower left, S C in field
I bought the coin on Ebay in April 2007.
Antoninus Pius was the Emperor of Rome from AD 138 to AD 161.
not figure out what that meant.
found a similar coin in one of the plates, a "DACIA" sestertius, RIC 581.
Mattingly, Harold, Sydenham, and others,
a 10-volume catalog of Roman coins originally published in the 1920's and revised since then)
and asked for verification.
Dacia holding a sickle, and that the variant was not in RIC or Cohen but was in "Strack",
possibly struck from the same dies.
by Henry Cohen, an 8-volume catalog of Roman coins published in the 1880's and still used)
library annex in Richmond, California.
Untersuchungen zur römischen Reichsprägung des zweiten Jahrhunderts
III Die Reichsprägung zur Zeit Antoninus Pius
Stuttgart, W. Kohlhammer, 1937
Plate IX, Number 786
"Analysis of Roman Empire Coinage of the Second Century"
"Volume III Coinage of the time of Antoninus Pius"
The big "D" to the lower left and the sickle are prominent on both coins.
2. Strack Plate IX Number 786
Strack stated that examples were in the Vatican and Leningrad Hermitage collections in the 1930's.
This coin was part of a set issued in AD 139 depicting Roman provinces offering
presents to the new Emperor.
The provinces are represented offering crowns of various shapes.
Antoninus gave half of the presents back to the provinces.