Roman Imperial coin, silver, AR denarius. Struck during the reign of emperor Marcus Aurelius (Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus) in Rome, 161-162 C.E. The bare head of Marcus Aurelius faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "IMP M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG" surrounding image. On reverse, the seated figure of Concordia (the goddess and personification of agreement in marriage and society) faces left and holds a patera in her right hand and rests her left arm on a statue of Spes (the goddess and personification of Hope) with a cornucopia below her seat, with the inscriptions "CONCORD AVG TR P XVI" surrounding image and "COS III" in the exergum.
Date range: 161-162 C.E.
Remarks: Born in Rome in 121 C.E., Hadrian recognized the fine qualities of the youth and he was selected as the eventual heir to the throne. He was adopted by Antoninus Pius in 139 C.E. and given title of Caesar. He married Antoninus' daughter Faustina Junior in 145 C.E. and became emperor in 161 C.E. The reign of Aurelius was disturbed by many frontier wars, he spent much of the latter part campaigning on the Danube frontier, and it was during these wars that he wrote his celebrated "Meditations". He died on March 17th, 180 C.E. and was immediately deified. He was a careful, generous and conscientious ruler and is best known for his devotion to Stoic philosophy. Marcus Aurelius' coins were minted in Rome.
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2002 (Vol II), #4882, pg 303.
|Credit line||Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas|
|Place of Origin||Europe/Italy/Rome|