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    Marcus Aurelius, as Caesar (AD 139-161). AV aureus (20mm, 7.33 gm, 6h). NGC Choice XF 5/5 - 4/5. Rome, AD 147-148. AVRELIVS •-CAESAR AVG PII F, bare headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Marcus Aurelius right, seen from behind / TR POT II-COS II, Fides standing facing, head right, grain ears downward in right hand, basket of fruits upward in left. RIC III (Antoninus Pius) 440c. Calicó 1926a. Handsome, realistic portrait with satiny surfaces.

    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 and shows Marcus as a striking young man of 27, with a close-cropped bead modeled upon that of his adoptive father.


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