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Marcus Aurelius, 7 March 161 - 17 March 180 A.D.

Marcus Aurelius was recognized by Hadrian as a fine and capable youth and betrothed to the daughter of Aelius. Antoninus Pius adopted him and in 145 A.D. he married Antoninus' daughter, Faustina II. In 161 A.D., he succeeded Antoninus as Augustus, immediately proclaiming Lucius Verus his co-emperor. Although known for his adherence to the philosophy of Stoicism and as a naturally peaceful man, Marcus' reign was disturbed by war with Parthia, plague and then a long, hard war along the Danube frontier. He died on March 17th, 180 A.D. and was deified by the senate soon after.

|Marcus| |Aurelius|, |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |17| |March| |180| |A.D.||sestertius|
Pietas in traditional Latin usage expressed a complex, highly valued Roman virtue; a man or woman with pietas respected his or her responsibilities to the gods, family, other people and entities (such as the state), and understood his or her place in society with respect to others.
RB99771. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III 1169; Cohen III 930; SRCV II 5006; BMCRE p. 647, * (not in the collection); Hunter II - , VF, dark green patina, light corrosion, squared flan, weight 21.028 g, maximum diameter 31.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Dec 175 - Dec 176 A.D.; obverse M ANTONINVS AVG GERM SARMATICVS, laureate head right; reverse TR P XXX IMP VIII COS III, Pietas standing left, dropping incense on lighted altar with right hand, incense box in left hand; $230.00 SALE PRICE $207.00

Roman Empire, 7 Sestertii, c. 138 - 244 A.D.

|Multiple| |Coin| |Lots|, |Roman| |Empire,| |7| |Sestertii,| |c.| |138| |-| |244| |A.D.||Lot|
The following list was provided by the consignor and has not been verified by FORVM:
1) Antoninus Pius, Fides, reverse pitted.
2) Diva Faustina Senior, Aeternitas seated, RIC Pius 1103.
3) Marcus Aurelius, Roma seated, RIC 1033.
4) Marcus Aurelius, Felicitas standing, RIC 1227.
5) Marcus Aurelius, Roma standing, RIC 116, edge flaw.
6) Lucilla, Ceres holding torch, RIC 1728.
7) Gordian III, Emperor advancing right, RIC 305a.
LT96258. Orichalcum Lot, 7 sestertii, F/aF - VF, Rome mint, c. 138 - 244 A.D.; unattributed to type, no tags or flips, the actual coins in the photograph, as-is, no returns, 7 coins; $225.00 SALE PRICE $203.00

|Marcus| |Aurelius|, |Marcus| |Aurelius,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |17| |March| |180| |A.D.||sestertius|
Marcus Aurelius was given the title Restorer of Italy by Senate decree. He devoted particular attention to Italy, as the Roman territory first in importance and nearest to the capitol, and also stopped a revolt and averted the danger of an impending German attack.
RB99767. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III 1077 (S), Cohen III 538, SRCV II 4997, BMCRE IV 1449 var. (slight drapery), Hunter II 194 var. (same), gF, nice portrait, part of reverse legend weak, double struck, squared flan, weight 26.174 g, maximum diameter 33.2 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, Dec 172 - Dec 173 A.D.; obverse M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVII, laureate head right; reverse RESTITVTORI ITALIAE IMP VI COS III, Marcus standing left, in military dress, clasping right hands with and raising kneeling figure of Italia, scepter in his right hand, Italia draped and wearing turreted crown, on right knee, a globe in her left hand, S C (senatus consulto) in exergue; scarce; $180.00 SALE PRICE $162.00

Marcus Aurelius & Lucius Verus, 7 March 161 - February 169 A.D., Aelia Capitolina (Jerusalem), Judaea, Syria Palestina

|Judaea| |&| |Palestine|, |Marcus| |Aurelius| |&| |Lucius| |Verus,| |7| |March| |161| |-| |February| |169| |A.D.,| |Aelia| |Capitolina| |(Jerusalem),| |Judaea,| |Syria| |Palestina||AE| |26|NEW
During his famous travels, Hadrian visited Judaea and initiated reconstruction of Jerusalem on the Roman model, with a temple of Jupiter replacing the Jewish Temple and restrictions on circumcision. This triggered the Bar-Kochba war, lasting three years and brutal beyond imagination. Hadrian sought to eradicate Judaism and renamed the city Aelia Capitolina, as inscribed on this rare coin.
RP110019. Bronze AE 26, RPC Online IV.3 T6415 (10 spec.); Meshorer Aelia 55; SNG ANS 604; BMC Palestine p. 90, 50; Rosenberger I 34, gF/F, centered, green patina, brassy high points, weight 12.789 g, maximum diameter 25.6 mm, die axis 180o, Aelia Capitolina (Jerusalem) mint, 7 Mar 161 - Feb 169 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES ANTONINO ET VERO AVG, confronted, draped and laureate busts of M. Aurelius and L. Verus; reverse COL AEL CAP (Colonia Aelia Capitolina), Tyche seated left, patera in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; rare; $120.00 SALE PRICE $108.00

Smyrna, Ionia, c. 161 - 185 A.D.

|Smyrna|, |Smyrna,| |Ionia,| |c.| |161| |-| |185| |A.D.||AE| |15|NEW
Smyrna was an ancient Greek city in Ionia. Located at a central and strategic point on the Aegean coast of Anatolia and aided by its advantageous port conditions, its ease of defense and its good inland connections, Smyrna rose to prominence before the Classical Era. In Revelation 2:8-11, Smyrna, Ionia is the church that would suffer persecution. The core of the late Hellenistic and Roman Smyrna is preserved in the Izmir Agora Open Air Museum.
RL110221. Bronze AE 15, Klose p. 174 & pl. 11, 15 (V9/R14); SNG Mu 229; RPC IV-2 T346; SNG Cop 1261; SNGvA 2182; SNG Hunt 1558; Weber 6157; BMC Ionia, p. 260, 207, VF, green patina, earthen deposits, tiny edge splits, scratches, rev. off center, weight 1.721 g, maximum diameter 15.4 mm, die axis 180o, Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey) mint, reign of Marcus Aurelius, c. 161 - 185 A.D.; obverse OΠΛOΦVΛAI, bare head of Herakles right, bearded, wearing lion skin around neck; reverse CMVPNAIΩN, river-god reclining left, holding reed, and leaning on inverted urn from which water flows, fish in water; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00





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