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As Antoninus Pius - Janus


ANTONINUS PIUS. 138-161 AD. AE As. Struck circa 141-143 AD. Obv. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP Laureate head right Rev. TR POT COS III SC Janus standing facing, holding scepter. RIC 693a; Cohen 882 (6 F). This type looks forward the 900th anniversary of Rome. Other types struck at this occasion feature Roma aeterna, Anchises and Ascanius, Romulus, She-wolf and twins, Rhea Silvia. Janus, god of the beginnings and endings, was frequently used to symbolize change and transitions such as the progression of future to past, of one condition to another, of one vision to another, the growing up of young people, and of one universe to another. He was also known as the figure representing time because he could see into the past with one face and into the future with the other. Hence, Janus was worshipped at the beginnings of the harvest and planting times, as well as marriages, births and other beginnings. He was representative of the middle ground between barbarity and civilization, rural country and urban cities, and youth and adulthood. His two faces(originally, one was always bearded, one clean-shaven; later both bearded) originally represented the sun and the moon, and he was usually shown with a key. The two-faced image of Janus was often depicted on coins of the Roman Republic, but scarcely in imperial times. January is named after him. Rare. Sharp strike and nice noble portrait of Antonine. An interesting example with same obverse die and sacrificial implements reverse (from a Hess-Divo sale): [IMG]https://www.acsearch.info/media/images/archive/51/609/382363.m.jpg[/IMG] Ex. Moruzzi, 1 Feb. 2007

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I am all about the reverses on Roman bronzes and this one is very well done. The detail and natural look of Janus is very nice.........they must have imported a Greek die maker to cut this one Jerome... ;-)



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This is a very nice coin, Jerome. I don't recall seeing this reverse before. It's quite interesting and attractive.


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I'm quite convinced that all die-engravers were of Greek origin, and coming from the gem-cutting field (another of my areas of interest).




Thanks. I had never seen this reverse before (in 16 years of collecting mid bronzes), and none ex. is represented in coinarchives. My most expensive Antonine though!



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