M ANTONINVS AVG GERM SARM TRP XXXI, Radiate head of Emperor facing right
IMP VIII COS III FELICITATI in two lines, AVG PP high in field; S-C left and right, low in field; Galley rowed right, by four oarsmen: in stern, Neptune, holding trident in right hand and aplustrue in left, standing right, under curved arch
29mm, 12.1g, 12h
gF, nice cabinet toning, some evidence of light tool
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. This coin appears to be BMC 1615 ("FELICITI") however reads "FELICITAS" when inspected under magnification. I consider this to be evidence by of a bungled attempt, by a former owner of this coin, to improve the definition of the legend on the reverse. There does not appear to be any Dupondius with 'FELICITAS' in BMC or RIC.