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    Rare Double Portrait

    Antoninus Pius (AD 138-161), with Marcus Aurelius Caesar (AD 139-161). AV aureus (19mm, 7.02 gm, 11h). NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 2/5, marks. Rome, AD 139. ANTONINVS AVG PIVS P P, bare head of Pius right / AVRELIVS CAES · AVG PII F COS DES·, bare head of youthful Marcus Aurelius right. RIC (Antoninus) 411a. BMCRE 124. Cohen 1. Calicó 1721 (R3). Very rare. Deep scratch in reverse field, a few other scattered marks.

    Prior to assuming the throne in July of AD 138, Antoninus Pius formally adopted his wife Faustina's 17-year old kinsman Marcus Annius Verus, who had been a favorite of Hadrian's. Early the following year, Antoninus raised Marcus to the rank of Caesar, clearly marking him out as the intended imperial successor, and induced the Senate to designate him as Consul for the following year, despite being only 18 and well below the minimum age requirements for senior magistrates. This rare double-portrait aureus, issued to mark the occasion, styles young Marcus Aurelius Caesar as COS DES, or Consul Designate.


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