This is an ancient Roman silver denarius, of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, minted in Rome between 173 - 174 AD
Obverse: M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVIII, "Marcus [Aurelius] Antoninus emperor (Augustus), holder of tribunician power for the 28th time" laureate and bearded head of Marcus Aurelius facing right
Reverse: RELIG AVG IMP VI COS III, "the religion of the emperor (Augustus). Supreme commander (Imperator) for the sixth time, consul for the third time" Mercury standing left holding patera and caduceus.
A wonderful bold coin in a pleasing VF.
DATE: 161 - 180 AD (this coin minted between 173 - 174 AD)
SIZE: 19mm dia
WEIGHT: 3.55 grams
ATTRIBUTION: RSC 530e; BMCRE 601; Sear 4926 var (bust type and date).RIC 298 var
PROVENANCE: Private collection. Warwickshire, England.
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