John Conduitt Posted March 5 · Supporter Share Posted March 5 I have this unassuming denarius of Marcus Aurelius but I've never been sure of the attribution. It's RIC 286 but Marcus Aurelius appears to be curaissed. Certainly not just a head, anyway. I may well have missed it, but there doesn't seem to be a 'bust' version. There's an almost identical coin for IMP VII instead of IMP VI, which is RIC 299. This is also 'head' of Marcus Aurelius, but there's a 'draped and cuirassed' version, which is RIC 299A. Should there be an RIC 286A? Or is it 299A and missing an I? Perhaps it's the obverse of 299A but the reverse of 286? (That seems the wrong way around, since surely they should've moved on from IMP VI). So perhaps it's a mule with another IMP VI coin, like RIC 288 or RIC 297. Maybe it's listed in RIC but not Ocre. Or in another reference. Usually, I would just call it RIC 286 var and be done with it. But Nomos sold a regular RIC 299 calling it 'rare' for CHF220. RIC 286 seems just as rare, let alone with a bust. RIC always makes a big deal out of 'draped and cuirassed' variations so it's strange if it is missing.Marcus Aurelius Denarius, 173-174Rome. Silver, 18-19mm, 3.06g. Head of Marcus Aurelius, laureate, right, draped and cuirassed?; M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVIII. Mars walking right, holding spear in his right hand and trophy over his left shoulder; IMP VI COS III (RIC III, 286 var). Found in Yorkshire. 10 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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