I am very fond of the sestertii
of this emperor, but your example is truly excellent gb29400! The smooth grey-green patina
it has gives the coin an very aesthetically pleasing appearance.
of the philosopher-emperor, apart from being skillfully rendered, makes the divine Marcus
look amazingly young. If the coin was struck AD 166 and he was born in AD 121, then he would have been about 45 at the time, yet the portrait
looks to me like a man
early 20's. Perhaps an example of Greek classical idealism, rather than the Roman
realism typical of a Flavian
emperor, produced for an Antonine emperor who was known during his
reign as being a great lover of Greek culture?
A real show coin!