User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Sestertius with bust of Antoninus Pius

Start collecting

Obverse: Bust of Antoninus Pius, laureate, right. ANTONINVSAVGPI VSPPTRPCOSIIII Reverse: Roma enthroned left, spear in left hand, shield beside throne resting on prow. On her right hand, a Victory reaches back with a wreath. S C (left and right in field)


Said to be from the Simpson Scarborough Collection, sold September 12, 1899; by date unknown: Henry Platt Hall Collection; by 1950: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W 1 (auction of the H. P. Hall Collection, part 2, November 16-17, 20-21, lot 1464, partial); purchased at unknown date in the 1950s by Cornelius C. Vermeule III; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA, December 17, 1986

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III in the Name of Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 145–147




Diameter: 33 mm. Weight: 21.75 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins