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Marcus Aurelius

M. Aurelius Antoninus
Augustus (AD 161-181)  |  De Imperatoribus Romanis entry

Marcus Aurelius was born in AD 121, of Spanish ancestry being directly descended from Trajan's father. He held the rank of Caesar for 22 years before becoming Augustus in 161. Marcus Aurelius was a distinguished soldier who won impressive victories of the Germans and Parthians. History records him as a skilled and dutiful emperor. He is best known however for the twelve books of philosophic meditations written in the last decade of his reign. The only blight on Marcus Aurelius' reign was his choice of successor: his son Commodus

Obverse Legends on coins depicting Marcus Aurelius

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Coins of Marcus Aurelius currently available

Coin image Marcus Aurelius
Bronze dupondius issued AD 177.
Obv: M ANTONINVS AVG GERM SARM TRP XXXI, Radiate head facing right.
Rev: IMP VIIII COS III PP, Seated male and female Sarmatian captives flanking trophy (DE SARM in ex.).
Nice Very Fine   |   AUD $150.00
Coin image Marcus Aurelius
Bronze as issued AD 162/163.
Obv: IMP CAES M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG PM, Bare head facing right.
Rev: SALVTI AVGVSTOR TRP XVII, Salus standing holding snake coiled around altar (COS III in ex.).
Fine-Very Fine   |   AUD $240.00