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    Mars Advancing

    Marcus Aurelius, as Caesar (AD 139-161). AV aureus (20mm, 7.26 gm, 6h). Rome, AD 159-160. AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII FI·, bareheaded and draped bust of Aurelius right / TR POT XIIII COS II, Mars advancing right, nude save for helmet, holding spear pointing forward in right hand and trophy over left shoulder. RIC (Pius)  481c. Strack 373. Calicó 1976. BMCRE 695. Bold strike! NGC AU 5/5 - 4/5.

    This and the following aureus record Marcus's 14th year with the Tribunican power (AD 159-160) and shows him entering his mid 30s. However, the reverse image of Mars striding off to war points to one shortcoming of his long apprenticeship in government: Antoninus failed to provide Marcus with an army posting that would have gained him much-needed military experience. Although Antoninus' reign was almost entirely peaceful, the gathering storm clouds portended future troubles of a type for which Marcus had no training. 


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