A silver denarius of Marcus Aurelius (161 - 180 A.D.)

A silver denarius of Marcus Aurelius (161 - 180 A.D.)

Code: 2802


Description: Roman Imperial coinage: The Antonines A.D. 138-193 - A silver denarius of Marcus Aurelius (121-180 A.D.), laureate bust of the emperor as Augustus facing right with the legend M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXIIII, the reverse showing Liberty standing facing left holding abacus and cornucopiae, with the legend LIBERAL AVG V COS III, wear to the highlights and irregular flan, but overall a nice coin, Sear 4914.

Size: 19 x 20 mm/0.7 x 0.8 in., weight 3.4 g

Culture: Roman Empire

Provenance: Ex Gloucestershire private collection.

Notes: Marcus Aurelius Antoninus ruled as Roman emperor from 161 to 180 A.D. and was the last emperor of the Pax Romana, a time of relative peace and stability within the empire that lasted from 27 B.C. to 180 A.D. He was also known as a leading stoic philosopher, a philosophy that emphasised fate, reason and self-restraint. The last of the ‘five good emperors’ who presided over the most noble days of the Roman Empire, the empire quickly decended into civil war after his death.

Reference: Sear, D.R. 2002, Roman Coins and their Values, Spink, London, Volume 2, p.306.