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Emperor Marcus Aurelius Silver Denarius Felicitas Rome , AD 174

Denomination: Silver denarius

Period: Roman imperial

Date: AD 174-175

Origin: Rome mint

Condition: Almost very fine, a rare piece with only 3 noted in RIC with this die type

Obverse: Laureate head of Marcus Aurelius, right, M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXIX

Reverse: Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopia, IMP VII COS III

Size and Weight: 19mm, 3.43g

References: RIC III 314

Features and Provenance: The three examples displayed on the Roman Imperial Coinage (RIC) catalogue were all found from a hoard site in Valencia, Spain in 1999. They were found under the floor of a house in the Duc de Lliria Street and the 6,000 denarii have been named the Lliria hoard. It may be that this coin originated from this hoard but further research is required to confirm this.

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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