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Marcus Aurelius as Caesar, Struck Under Emperor Antoninus Pius, Silver Denarius, Minerva, AD 148-9

Denomination: Silver denarius

Period: Roman imperial

Date: AD 148-149

Origin: Rome mint

Condition: Almost very fine

Obverse: Head of Marcus Aurelius, bare, right, AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG P II F

Reverse: Minerva standing right, holding spear and resting hand on shield, TR POT III COS II

Size and Weight: 19mm, 3.01g

References: RIC 444 [Pius], Sear 4787var

Features and Provenance: Marcus Aurelius was the last of a series of emperors of Rome known as the 'Five Good Emperors'; bringing peace and stability, the 'Pax Romana.' He was born in AD 121 and died in 180. As a person of studious disposition, he was a dedicated student of languages and became a great philosopher. This caused him much consternation when he was expected to follow all the pomp of the royal court. On the death of Antoninus Pius in 161 he was 'compelled' to take imperial office and reluctantly did so, in fact he said he would only take the throne if Lucius Verus ruled with him equally. This was the first time there had ever been two emperors at the same time.  

 

 

Condition Summary. This varies with the age of coin and there are grades in between

Uncirculated (U). As struck with no traces of wear

Extremely Fine (EF). Very slight traces of wear, all parts of legend etc present, visible and clear

Very Fine (VF). Some signs of wear on the higher parts of the relief, all parts of legend etc present, but maybe worn

Fine (F). Wear on the coin and parts of legend etc may be missing or not visible

 

 

 

 

 

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