The ugliest Denarius I own

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Colby J., Dec 7, 2019.

  1. Colby J.

    Colby J. Well-Known Member

    I just wanted to show you this because it is hilarious. I won it on Ebay last week from this really weird seller. The lot was only 10 bucks and it came along with three other destroyed denarius'. The coins just came in the mail today. And for some reason, I had to have this piece of crap. The picture isn't that great, I'm getting a new setup, so bear with me.
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    Marcus Aurelius
    AR Denarius
    rev. Pax?
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  3. Sallent

    Sallent Live long and prosper Supporter

    I wouldn't say it's ugly, but this is definitely my most visually challenged coin.

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  4. Colby J.

    Colby J. Well-Known Member

    Indeed.
     
  5. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    Well I really do like it. And if I am correct, it is a very, very interesting type - that reverse is, I think, Mercury, and was issued to commemorate the famous "Rain Miracle" as shown on the column of Marcus Aurelius.

    There are several varieties - here is the OCRE search:

    http://numismatics.org/ocre/results...enarius"+AND+portrait_facet:"Marcus+Aurelius"

    Here is Dio on the miracle, via livius.org:

    "The Rain Miracle: the miraculous escape of the Twelfth Legion Fulminata during the Marcomannic Wars."

    https://www.livius.org/sources/content/cassius-dio/dio-on-the-rain-miracle/
     
  6. Colby J.

    Colby J. Well-Known Member

    whaaaaat!!! I had no idea. I saw the caduceus and thought pax.
     
  7. Colby J.

    Colby J. Well-Known Member

    https://www.cointalk.com/threads/blame-it-on-the-rain-miracle.267122/
     
  8. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Admittedly, whole coins are easier to ID.
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