Marcus Aurelius, As Caesar, 139-161 AD, AE Sestertius, Genius Exercitus, struck 151-152 AD
Ruler/Emperor:
Marcus Aurelius as Caesar; struck under Antoninus Pius
City/Region:
Rome mint
Denomination:
AE Sestertius
Composition:
Orichalcum
Date:
151-152 AD
Obverse:
AVRELIVS [CAE] - SA[R] AVG [PII FIL], Head of Marcus Aurelius, bare, right
Reverse:
TR POT VI COS II, Genius Exercitus, in military dress, standing left, sacrificing out of patera in right hand over lighted altar left and holding legionary eagle, vertical at left shoulder; S-C left and right, in field
Size:
34.22mm, 26.5g, 7h
Grade:
Fine, well centred, brown surfaces, edge crack at 2 o'clock
Rarity:
very rare variant, only a few examples found, not in BMCRE or RIC
Provenance:
Pedigreed to 1915. ex Jacques Schulman FPL LXII (1915), no. 1242 (part of) with original tags, ex Classical Numismatic Group eAuction 409 (8 November 2017), Lot 615
References:
BMCRE IV [Pius] 1911A var. (drapery on left shoulder); RIC III [Pius] 1302 var. (same); Cohen III 648 var. (same); Banti 318

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Pedigreed to 1915. Includes original sale tag together with early 20th century Dutch collector's ticket.

Marcus Aurelius was Roman Emperor from 161 to 180 AD. Known to many as the old Emperor at the beginning of the movie Gladiator, Marcus Aurelius was the last of the Five Good Emperors. Following his death he was succeeded by his son Commodus who is remembered in history for a legacy of eccentricity, cruelty and poor management of the Roman Empire.