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    Sculptural High Relief

    Marcus Aurelius, as Caesar (AD 139-161). AV aureus (20mm, 7.35 gm, 6h). NGC Choice AU 5/5 - 5/5, Fine Style. Rome, AD 149-150. AVRELIVS CAE-SAR AVG PII F, bareheaded bust of Marcus right, drapery at back and aegis to front / TR POT III COS II, Fides standing right, holding grain ears in right hand and basket of fruits in left. RIC (Pius) 445b. Cohen --. Calic├│ 1931 (S4). Sharply struck and lustrous, with a simply incredible portrait of the young, vigorous Marcus Aurelius in sculptural high relief.

    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 third year of his Tribunicia Potestas and shows Marcus as a striking young man of 29, with a close-cropped bead modeled upon that of his adoptive father. The detailed bust also shows the protective aegis at his shoulder and, unusually, a fold of drapery drawn across his back, indicating he is wearing a formal toga.


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