Antoninus rose to power during Hadrian’s rule and was later adopted by him before being chosen to succeed him in death.  His reign was characterized by peace and prosperity, with no major military actions or incursions during this time.  Antoninus presided over a period of building – providing free access to drinking water with the building of aqueducts - as well as bridges and roads.  Despite his civic building campaigns, there was a considerable surplus in state coffers both during and after his rule. 













 Sestertius of Antoninus                       Orichalcum                                       138-161 C.E.                   2015.16.0096                                     Gift of Ron D’Argenio