ROMAN EMPIRE, Marcus Aurelius, Caesar, 139-161 AD, bronze as


ROMAN EMPIRE, Marcus Aurelius, Caesar, 139-161 AD, as, no date (145 AD), Rome mint, Obverse: bare head R, AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII COS II, Reverse: Marcus & Faustina holding hands, Concordia between, VOTA PVBLICA SC, bronze, 27mm, 9.95g, SR4851, aF/aVG

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ROMAN EMPIRE, Marcus Aurelius, Caesar, 139-161 AD, bronze as

Marcus Aurelius was a youth when he came to the attention of the Emperor Hadrian, who prevailed upon Antoninus Pius to adopt him, along with the son of Aelius, who would have succeeded Hadrian had he not died. When Antoninus became Emperor he made Marcus Caesar, that is, junior Emperor. He passed most of his reign fighting barbarians. Considered one of the most humane of the Emperors.

The Roman Republic was founded in response to tyrannical kings. It functioned for several centuries in a kind of balance of rich and poor people (slaves didn’t count). The general idea was that laws would constrain personal power. During the days of Julius Caesar, et al, powerful people became too powerful, and a new system of slightly constrained autocracy, the Empire, developed. The main catalog we use on this web site for Roman coins is Roman Coins and their Values, by David Sear.

“Ancient Coins” includes Greek and Roman coins and those of neighbors and successors, geographically from Morocco and Spain all the way to Afghanistan. Date ranges for these begin with the world’s earliest coins of the 8th century BC to, in an extreme case, the end of Byzantine Empire, 1453 AD.