New Marcus Aurelius Sestertius

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Julius Germanicus, Apr 17, 2018.

  1. Julius Germanicus

    Julius Germanicus Well-Known Member

    In the mail today:

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    IMP CAES M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG P M - Bare headed bust of Marcus Aurelius right, with light drapery on his left shoulder
    CONCORD AVGVSTOR TR P XV / COS III / S C Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus standing, facing each other, clasping hands.
    Sestertius, Rome, March - December 161
    32 mm/ 23.65 g.
    RIC 795, BMCR 848, Cohen 45, Banti 22
    ex Walter Friedrich Stoecklin Collection, Nomos Obolos Auction 25.03.2018


    The reverse is a bit rough, but I do like the type that depicts a historic moment which in this case actually might have physically happened in a public ceremony and/or in the enclosed walls of the Senate house - the handshake that symbolized the creation of the first joint reign of two Augusti in Roman history.

    It was also the last celebration in a golden age that ended within months after this event at the hands of Parthian and Germanic invasions, the plague and the beginning of an economic downward spiral.

    The portrait is unusual for the issue because it does not show the naturalistic youthful bust usually seen, but shows Marcus with an upward gaze and traits of the more abstract style which would take over in his later years and can also be studied on his column in Rome.

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  3. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Lovely coin with an impressive provenance!
  4. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Congrats Julius , great portrait of Marcus !

    Here's my budget one:

  5. Jwt708

    Jwt708 Well-Known Member

    You're on a roll huh? Congratulations!
  6. Ancient Aussie

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    Fantastic coin, love that obverse. Congrats.
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