ambr0zie Posted December 17, 2022 · Member Share Posted December 17, 2022 One of the coins I acquired in my last auction - the penultimate 2022 coin - is something I was after for some time. I had the chance to acquire 2 Marcus Aurelius denarii in my first purchase of ancient coins. ... but what I wanted was a coin from his Caesar period as I think they are important for his coinage and of course for the coinage of Pius. The type I had in mind, obviously, is the one showing Pius on the obverse and Marcus on the reverse but these are overly popular in my opinion and the prices tend to go way too high. In the auctions I participated in (and not premium auctions or premium coins) that type goes for 100 euros for a so-so condition, which is not something I want to pay for this type. Not for now. In the last auction I participated in, I "gambled a little". A certain type of Marcus Aurelius as Caesar was present, but twice. First example - what I consider a very decent coin. Second - same type, but in a superior condition (I usually do not attempt to grade ancient coins, but I would say that one was an AU). So my gamble was - who wants this type will ignore coin 1 (the worse example) and wait for coin 2, that was 3 lots after. Coin 1 will be cheaper than in normal circumstances, coin 2 more expensive. I think I was right because I was able to get the coin I wanted at a normal price. Marcus Aurelius, as Caesar AD 139-161. Rome. Denarius AR. 18 mm, 2,63 g 148-149 AD. AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F, head of Marcus Aurelius, bare, right / TR POT III COS II, Minerva, helmeted, draped, standing right, holding vertical spear in right hand and resting left hand on round shield set on ground. RIC III Antoninus Pius 444; BMC 683; RSC 618 This was a contender for my Imperial top 10 but it failed because the reverse is a little on the boring side. Tried cleaning it as it seemed horn silver, but the black shades did not disappear at all using thiosulphate - well, I will leave it as it is, as I don't think it is an ugly coin. Marcus Aurelius was born on the 26th of April 121 during the reign of Hadrian to the emperor's nephew, the praetor Marcus Annius Verus, and the heiress Domitia Calvilla. His father died when he was three, and his mother and grandfather raised him. After Hadrian's adoptive son, Aelius Caesar, died in 138, the emperor adopted Marcus's uncle Antoninus Pius as his new heir. In turn, Antoninus adopted Marcus and Lucius, the son of Aelius. Hadrian died that year, and Antoninus became emperor. Now heir to the throne, Marcus studied Greek and Latin under tutors such as Herodes Atticus and Marcus Cornelius Fronto. He married Antoninus' daughter Faustina in 145. The last "Good Emperor" was a philosopher and his works survived until present day. I intend to start reading the Meditations copy I have, after I finish the books I am reading now. What I found interesting about Marcus was that he was not very happy about getting the title of Emperor. Actually, he opposed the idea because it was contradicting with the philosophic life he wanted and loved. He accepted the title only if Lucius Verus was also named co-emperor - first time in history when the Empire had 2 emperors with apparently equal powers, but Marcus had greater authority. Please post Marcus Aurelius as Caesar coins. 18 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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