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Antoninus Pius, AR Denarius, Fortuna, Rare Hybrid


Antoninus Pius AR Denarius, Fortuna, Rare

"Hybrid with reverse of Hadrian"

Silver/ 2.7gm/18mm Struck c. 140-144 AD

Obv/ ANTONINVS [AVG] PIVS PP COS III; laur. head r.

Rev/ [F]ORTVNA AVG; Fortuna stg. l., holding patera and cornucopiae

Con/ handsome portrait in high relief, old scrape on obverse and a few dings, otherwise VF.

Ref/ RSCb 379b, RIC VOL III 322, BMC 1031

Seller’s Note/ This is a very interesting coin that deserves further explanation. This issue is noted in RSC as a ‘hybrid’ for several reasons: the obverse inscription does not match reverse (See RIC Vol III 322 and you’ll note that they mention our obverse but without the COS III); the Fortuna reverse is from an old Hadrian die!

Also noteworthy is that the figure of Fortuna has none of the normal attributes for Fortuna - she could be any one of at least half a dozen OTHER personifications or deities, but Fortuna almost never holds a patera, or is seen without a rudder and/or wheel - even the cornucopiae is a little unusual for Fortuna.

We have searched all the normal online sources, V-coins, Wildwinds, etc. and have found none to match this issue. This is an excellent opportunity for you to add this rare hybrid issue to your collection for a very low price.

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