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161-180 AD Marcus Aurelius AE Sestertius (VF NGC) CONSECRATIO SC Empire RIC-662


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161-180 AD Marcus Aurelius AE Sestertius (VF NGC) CONSECRATIO SC Empire RIC-662

  • 161-180 AD Roman Empire AE Sestertius Coin
  • Issued after the rule of Marcus Aurelius, the Joint 16th Emperor of the Roman Empire (161-180 AD)
  • Obverse features a bust of the emperor, facing right, with the legend "DIVVS-M-ANTONINIVS PIVS"
  • Reverse depicts a four-story funeral pyre with Marcus Aurelius on top in biga, with the legend "CONSECRATIO" and "SC" in fields
Marcus Aurelius ruled with Lucius Verus as co-emperor from 161 until Verus' death in 169. He was the last of the Five Good Emperors, and is also considered one of the most important Stoic philosophers. During his reign, the Empire defeated the Parthian Empire in the East. In central Europe, Aurelius fought with success during the Marcomannic Wars. His Stoic tome "Meditations" is still revered as a literary monument to a philosophy of service and duty, describing how to find and preserve equanimity in the midst of conflict by following nature as a source of guidance and inspiration.
  • Struck from bronze
  • Diameter: 31 mm
  • Condition: Graded by NGC Ancients as Very Fine (VF)
  • Certification number: 3988883-013
  • Catalog number: RIC#662, Sear#5986, Cohen#98

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