I thought about calling this post "How worn will you go? the sequel" after a recent post by @David Atherton, as this coin is good illustration of my willingness to overlook condition in exchange for history, provenance, and other attributes of an ancient coin. Instead, I decided to focus on the boxes that this coin ticks for me i.e. attributes of this coin that attract my interest. With this particular coin, the boxes ticked for me, seem to have been uninteresting to everyone else, and "no competition between buyers" also translated into "easy on the wallet". This coin didn't get a single bid (at 40 EUR) the first time it came to auction this year, and I was glad to get a second chance. Although I shy away from discussion of price, I do consider this a bonus box ticked ( price). I've been looking for Nilus reclining with crocodile ( subject), an Alexandrian drachm ( denomination), and an Alexandrian Marcus Aurelius ( history). This coin is also rare: a quick search on vcoins will show you that there are none for sale today. This particular coin (regnal year 6, bust right, nilus left) doesn't have a single example in ACSearch( scarcity). And I almost forgot an additional box - provenance - it is "the coin" from Dattari Plate 187 9283 and RPC plate coin 2837.2 (currently with a temporary ID in RPC online). Egypt, Alexandria, Marcus Aurelius, 161-180, Drachm circa 165-166 (year 6), Æ Size: 32.4mm., 20.90g Obv: Μ ΑVΡΗΛΙΟϹ ΑΝΤƱΝΙΝΟϹ ϹƐ, Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right Rev: Nilus, with crocodile beside him, reclining left, holding reed and cornucopia;in left field, LϚ Ref: RPC 2837.2 (this coin). Dattari-Savio Pl. 187, 9283 (this coin). Giovanni Dattari For an excellent article on Giovanni Dattari and the source of the opening image of the collector sitting at his desk in front of a pile of coins (or ancient rubble) see Lucia Carbone, “Giovanni Dattari and His Fabled Collection of Alexandrian Coins”, ANS Magazine, 2018 Issue 2. The pencil image shown with the coin is from Dattari-Savio, which is overwhelming in it's number of coins, and as well a testament to the commitment of the collector who created pencil images of these coins. War & Plague There are so many good resources on the Emperor and Stoic Philosopher Marcus Aurelius that in the interest of keeping this post to a bearable length, I won't attempt a survey. I will only mention the context for this coin which is the end of the 5 year long war with Parthia (AD 161-166). For Rome it was a decisive victory and Lucius Verus and Marcus Aurelius both enjoyed a triumph in Rome and gained new titles from the war including Armeniacus, Medicus, Pater Patriae, and Parthicus Maximus. The "Antonine Plague" first struck near the time of this coin, AD 165-180 and is thought to have been small pox carried from the East with returning armies. This plague may have been cause of death of Lucius Verus in AD 169. CT Anniversary & Thanks Today, Nov 17, is my 2 year anniversary of joining CoinTalk and weekly daily interactions surprisingly accumulate on my profile as ~1500 posts and ~9500 likes. Over the last few months, I have organized information that mostly started as CT posts into my "Notes on Coins" website which is evolving into a way to organize my collection - the volume of notes surprised me when I looked back. I am grateful to the many CT contributors and experts who add each day to my enjoyment, understanding, and awareness of history & ancient coins - and who add to my wish list for "next coin". Meditations by Marcus Aurelius provides an interesting window into the emperor's thoughts and world view - I will pick one quote (Book VI.48) which seems relevant: “When you have a mind to divert your fancy, consider the good qualities of your acquaintance; as the enterprising vigour of this man, the modesty of another, the liberality of a third, and so on. For there is nothing so entertaining as a lively image of the virtues exhibited in the character of those we converse with, occurring as numerously as possible. Let this, therefore, be always at hand.” Post coins that tick boxes ( ) for you, coins of M. Aurelius, or anything else that you find interesting or entertaining.