When people ask “Was Marcus Aurelius on a coin?” The answer is a simple – yes. In fact, most Roman emperors were commemorated by having their likeness on a coin. Marcus Aurelius was a Roman emperor from 161 to 180. He was known for continuing Rome’s prosperity and dealing with German tribes on the northern borders. He was also known as a philosopher. Above all, he is actually best remembered for his “rule driven by reason.”
Marcus Aurelius was the last of the rulers known as the Five Good Emperors. The last emperor of the Pax Romana. This was an age of relative peace and stability for the Roman Empire. What made Marcus so famous was his guidance by wisdom and virtue. This separated Marcus from the majority of past leaders all the way to the present.
Across all the centuries Marcus Aurelius is perhaps one of the most likable. His sensibly, dutifulness and patience proved his stoic leadership is something the world longs for even today. Marcus book name The Meditations, survives today because it was copied and recopied in medieval monasteries. It lives as a guide book for dealing with the stresses of daily life. Especially for a leader like himself, known to lead one of the most powerful empires in human history.
Marcus Aurelius Silver Denarius
Marcus Aurelius’s portrait can be found on both gold and silver coins. In addition, his coinage survived in abundance over four decades (139 – 180 CE). However, coins of Marcus Aurelius in pristine condition are much harder to find.
Below is a video of a rare Silver Denarius with Marcus Aurelius’s depiction on it. It is a Silver Denarius in Choice Mint State certified by NGC Ancients. One that is bright and shiny all over. It also has a center strike with a circular flan of Marcus Aurelius on the front. The reverse has a facsimile of Salus with a branch and snake.
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