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Ancient Rome (Imperial) 140-144 AD Marcus Aurelius Silver Denarius Pontifical Emblems RIC III 424a Very Fine

Ancient Rome (Imperial) 140-144 AD Marcus Aurelius Silver Denarius Pontifical Emblems RIC III 424a Very Fine

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Features a pleasing, early portrait.

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Ancient Rome (Imperial) 140-144 AD Marcus Aurelius Silver Denarius Pontifical Emblems RIC III 424a Very Fine

Emperor: Marcus Aurelius

Obverse: Bust of Marcus Aurelius to right, legend around. Legend: AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F COS

Reverse: Sacrificial implements, legend above. Legend: PIETAS AVG

Reference Numbers: RIC II 424a

Diameter: 18.43mm Weight:3.44g Metal: Silver

Condition: Very Fine

Features a pleasing, early portrait.

Marcus Aurelius was Emperor of Rome from 161 to 180, and was the last of the so-called "Five Good Emperors".

Aurelius' Meditations, written in Greek while on campaign between 170 and 180, is still revered as a literary monument to a philosophy of service and duty, describing how to find and preserve equanimity, a state of psychological stability and composure, in the midst of conflict by following nature as a source of guidance and inspiration.

This particular coin was struck well before Marcus Aurelius became emperor, shortly following his adoption by the emperor Hadrian. During these years, Marcus Aurelius served his apprenticeship under Antoninus, studied oratory, and prepared to assume the throne.

It features sacrificial implements on the reverse - symbols of the religious offices that Marcus Aurelius held in the 25 years before he became emperor. (That is one helluva apprenticeship!)