Rare Brass Sestertius Of Antoninus Pius: Temple. Rome, Ad 158-159. Ric: 1004 V.f

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Seller: felicitas.perpetua (3,059) 100%, Location: Norwich, Norfolk, Ships to: Worldwide, Item: 312990029918 RARE BRASS SESTERTIUS OF ANTONINUS PIUS: TEMPLE. ROME, AD 158-159. RIC: 1004. V.F. Obverse: ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P TR P XXII, laureate bust of Antoninus Pius facing right. Reverse: TEMPLVM DIVI AVG REST, S C, COS IIII, in ex. The octastyle temple of Divus Augustus in the Forum Romanum, within which statues of Divus Augustus and Livia are seated facing; relief of Augustus in pediment, surmounted by quadriga; in eaves of temple: Romulus left, Aeneas right. Sear: 4235. RIC: 1004. BMCRE: 2063. [Rome, AD 158-159]. Diameter: 30 mm. Weight: 23.6 g. A rare brass sestertius of Antoninus Pius, the reverse with a depiction of the Temple of Divus Augustus. 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 of Divus Augustus was described in Latin literature as templum Augusti or divi Augusti, though Martial and Suetonius call it templum novum ("the new temple"), a name attested in the Acta Arvalia from AD 36. There are references to a library erected by Tiberius in the vicinity of the temple, called the bibliotecha templi novi or templi Augusti. Caligula was said to have later built a bridge connecting the Palatine and Capitoline hills, passing over the temple. Other than the well-attested cult statues of Augustus and Livia, little is known about the temple's decoration other than a reference by Pliny to a painting of Hyacinthus by Nicias of Athens, which was given to the temple by Tiberius. During the reign of Domitian the Temple of Divus Augustus was destroyed by fire but was rebuilt and rededicated in AD 89/90 with a shrine to his favourite deity, Minerva. The temple was redesigned as a memorial to four deified emperors, including Vespasian and Titus. It was restored again in the late 150's by Antonius Pius, who was perhaps motivated by a desire to be publicly associated with the first emperor. The exact date of the restoration is not known, but the restored temple is shown on coins of AD 158 onwards, which depict it with an octastyle design with Corinthian capitals and two statues – presumably of Augustus and Livia – in the cella. The pediment displayed a relief featuring Augustus and was topped by a quadriga. Two figures stood on the eaves of the roof, that on the left representing Romulus and the one on the right depicting Aeneas leading his family out of Troy, alluding to Rome's origin-myth. The steps of the temple were flanked by two statues of Victory. A wonderful example of a rare and historically important coin. ALL MY COINS ARE GUARANTEED GENUINE. I POST FIRST CLASS "SIGNED FOR" IN THE U.K OR INTERNATIONAL BY ROYAL MAIL "TRACKED & SIGNED", A TRACKING NUMBER WILL BE PROVIDED, BID WITH CONFIDENCE. LOTS CAN BE COMBINED TO SAVE MONEY ON POSTAGE UP TO A VALUE OF £200. PLEASE VIEW MY OTHER ITEMS FOR MORE ANCIENT COINS. Condition: AS SEEN IN PHOTOGRAPHS., Civilisation: Roman, Country/Region of Manufacture: Italy, Cleaned/ Uncleaned: Uncleaned, Provenance: Ownership History Available, Roman Period: Roman Imperial (96 - 235 AD), Denomination: Sestertius, Metal: Brass

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