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    Young Marcus Aurelius

    Marcus Aurelius, as Caesar (AD 139-161). AV aureus (20mm, 7.08 gm, 6h). NGC MS ★   5/5 - 4/5, Fine Style. Rome, AD 148-149. AVRELIVS CAE-SAR AVG PII F, bare head of Marcus right, with slight beard / TR POT II COS II, Fides standing right, holding grain ears in right hand and basket of fruits in left. RIC (Pius) 440a. Cohen 612. Calicó 1927 (S2). Sharply struck in sculptural high relief from dies of remarkable style and fully lustrous.

    This stunning aureus depicts the "philosopher emperor" Marcus Aurelius as a striking young man of 27, with a head of curly hair and a slight beard. Originally given the name Marcus Annius Verus, the future Marcus Aurelius was born in AD 121 into a patrician family of Spanish origin. At an early age, Marcus earned the patronage of the emperor Hadrian and was formally schooled at the Imperial court. At the age of 17, Marcus was adopted by Hadrian's intended successor, Antoninus Pius, along with Lucius Verus; it is widely assumed that Antoninus was following Hadrian's wishes that both young men eventually succeed to the throne. After Hadrian's death, Antoninus kept young Lucius in the background while he showed Marcus every preferment. He became Consul in AD 140, served a second Consulship in 145, and received the Tribunican Power in AD 147. This handsome aureus marks the second year of his Tribunicia Potestas.




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