ROMAN EMPIRE. ANTONINUS PIUS, AD 138-161
Silver denarius, 3.32 g., 15 mm., consecration issue struck in Rome under Marcus Aurelius, ca. 161 AD.
Obv. DIVVS ANTONINVS, draped bust of Antoninus right.
Rev. DIVO PIO, Column of Antoninus Pius with the statue of the emperor on top, surrounded by a ballustrade.
RIC 440 (Marcus Aurelius).
NGC graded MINT STATE, Strike 5/5, Surface 3/5, NGC # 3987212-015, a mint state specimen of the emission celebrating the erection of the Column of Antoninus Pius, dedicated to his memory by Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus. Although the column itself, a shaft of red granite, was badly damanged by a fire in 1759, the magnificent sculpted base of the column is today on display in the Vatican Museum.