Roman Imperial Coin



Accession Number
EC1514
Current Location
In storage
Object Type
Numismatics, Coin
Classification
RIC III Marcus Aurelius 843
Period
Graeco-Roman Period
Dynasty
Second century CE/AD
Marcus Aurelius
Material
Metals/alloys (Copper alloy)
Measurements
Diameter: 33.5mm | Weight: 22.64g
Number of Elements
1
Culture
Roman
Animal
Snake
Divine Name
Salus
Denomination (Coins)
Roman | Sestertius
Integrity (Coins)
Whole

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Description

Roman bronze sestertius of Marcus Aurelius (AD 161-180), struck in Rome in AD 162-163. The reverse legend SALVTI AGVSTOR TR P XVII COS III can be expanded and translated as "For the health of the emperors, [while Marcus held] tribunician power for the seventeenth time [and was] consul for the third time". The reference to multiple emperors reflects the fact that at this date Marcus was co-emperor with his adoptive brother Lucius Verus (AD 161-169). The references to Marcus' various magistracies allow us to date the coin fairly precisely. Salus, depicted on the reverse, was the Roman goddess of health.

Weight (grams)

22.64

Bibliography

RIC III Marcus Aurelius 843

Link

http://numismatics.org/ocre/id/ric.3.m_aur.843

Other Identity
10 (Number on previous coin envelope) | 174/91/9 (number on previous coin envelope)
Previous Owner
Department of History and Classics, Swansea University
Acquisition
Unknown

Language
Latin
Script
Latin

Denomination

Sestertius

Die Axis

12 o'clock

Mint

Rome

Obverse Legend

IMP CAES M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG P M

Obverse Type

laureate head of Marcus Aurelius, right

Reverse Legend

SALVTI AVGVSTOR TR P XVII // COS III // S C

Reverse Type

Salus standing left, feeding out of patera in right hand snake coiled round altar

Last modified: 09 May 2022

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