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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Adoptive Emperors| > |Marcus Aurelius| > RB12501
Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.
On June 11, 173, during the Marcomannic Wars (166Ė180), the Roman army in Moravia was outnumbered and surrounded by the Quadi, suffering from the extreme heat, out of water, and on the verge of defeat. Dio writes, "many clouds gathered and a mighty rain, not without divine interposition, burst upon them...when the rain poured down, at first all turned their faces upwards and received the water in their mouths; then some held out their shields and some their helmets to catch it, and they not only took deep draughts themselves but also gave their horses to drink...while those on the one side were being drenched and drinking, the others [Quadi] were being consumed by fire [lightning] and dying." The Romans were soon victorious. Marcus was saluted imperator for the seventh time and the "miracle of the rain" was memorialized on Marcus Aurelius' column. In 174, Marcus Aurelius officially conferred the title Fulminata (Thundering) to the Legio XII Fulminata.Miracle_in_the_Rain
RB12501. Orichalcum sestertius, SRCV II 5015, RIC III 1090, Cohen III 995, F, Rome mint, weight 24.874g, maximum diameter 30.5mm, die axis 180o, 172 - 173 A.D.; obverse M ANTONINVS - AVG TR P XXVII, laureate head right; reverse VICT GERMA IMP VI COS III S C, inscription in five lines inside a wreath closed with medallion; scarce; SOLD










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