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    Marcus Aurelius, Young Caesar

    Marcus Aurelius, as Caesar (AD 138-161). AV aureus (21mm, 6.66 gm, 6h). Rome, AD 151-152. AVRELIVS CAESAR ANTONINI AVG PII FIL. Bare head of bearded Marcus Aurelius left / TR POT VI COS II, Clementia standing left, holding patera in right hand and lifting hem of skirt with her left. RIC 456c. BMCRE 779. Calic├│ 1815. Struck in high relief from dies of fine style. NGC AU 5/5 - 5/5, Fine Style.

    Marcus Aurelius was born in AD 121 into a patrician family of Spanish origin. Solemn and dutiful, Marcus was noticed by the Emperor Hadrian, who nicknamed him "Verissimus," or "most truthful one." In AD 138, as Hadrian's terminal illness worsened, he formally adopted Antoninus Pius as his successor, and he in turn adopted the 17-year-old Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, the son of Aelius Caesar, thus securing the succession for another generation. Antoninus succeeded to the throne in July, AD 138 and raised Marcus to the rank of Caesar in AD 139. The young man took an increasingly important role in his adoptive father's government for the next 22 years. This aureus records Marcus's sixth year with the Tribunican power (AD 151-2) and shows him as a handsome man in his late 20s, with a head of loose curls and a fashionable "philosopher's beard." 


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