Choice Very Fine Emperor Antoninus Pius Roman Empire silver denarius commemorative coin.
Dated 158/9 CE (TR P XXII), 3.43g, 17.5mm, RIC 290a var, RSC 804 var, Foss 88a.
Important historic commemorative coin issued to celebrate the restoration of the temple of Divus Augustus showing statues of Augustus & Livia.
Rare apparently unpublished obverse portrait variant where the Emperor is wearing cuirass with left shoulder forward.
NGC Certified to Ch VF.
Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS PP TR P XXII, laureate, cuirassed bust of emperor with left shoulder forward.
Reverse: TEMPLVM DIV AVG REST / COS IIII, Octastyletemple in which are seated statues of Divus Augustus & Livia on podium, figures in pediment & on top, Victory on angles.
The Temple of Divus Augustus was a major temple originally built to commemorate the deified first Roman emperor, Augustus. It was built between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, behind the Basilica Julia, on the site of the house that Augustus had inhabited before he entered public life in the mid-1st century BC. The temple was constructed 37 CE, rebuilt 89/90 CE & restored by Antoninus Pius 158/9 CE.