I find Marcus Aurelius' life story somewhat sad. His reign, commencing in 161 AD, started with war, the end of which he would not live to see. Ironically, it was his son and heir Commodus who concluded the war by coming to terms with the enemy. I can imagine Marcus Aurelius would rather have spent his days as emperor enlightening the population with his philosophical works. Immediately after the start of his regin, wars took place in the East and northern frontier of the Roman empire. Many coins were struck to commemorate various victories and imperial acclamations. I have two of these coins, one of Lucius Verius and one of Marcus Aurelius. Both refer to the war in the East, and victories against the Parthans. One of my latest acquisitions show above, refers to the war north of the Roman border, against various Germanic tribes. I got this coin mainly because of the bust which I really like and I was after a cuirrassed bust of Marcus Aurelius. But the reverse makes for a great historical background. It's a bonus that it's a variant (cuirrassed bust) and not in RIC. The wars against the various Germanic tribes are called the Marcomannic wars and took place from 161 - 180 AD. Fighting took place north of the Danube river, and at time Roman legions ventured deep into enemy territory. The 'Germanic tribes' consisted of various peoples, including the Macromanni, Quadi and Chatti. After surpressing a revolt in the east by Avidius Cassius in the East - yes, he had to deal with that too! - Marcus Aurelius returned to Rome where he, together with Commodus were given a triumph for the German victories. Also, a commemorative column was erected, which still stands today. My coin can be dated to 172 - 173 AD (TR P XXVII) and could refer to the Roman invasion of Macromannic territory in 172 AD. 173 AD hosts a particularly interesting event, called 'the miracle of the rain', where a legion almost surrendered by the Quadi due to the heat and thirst. Lucky for them however, sudden rain quenched their thirst and the enemy was struck by lightning. Sestertii were struck to commemorate this event (and you can gues that this one is on my wantlist). I know @Andres2 has one and I hope he will show it again Thanks for reading! Please show your coins of poos Marcus Aurelius, or anything you find relevant.