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Ancient Coins – Choice Marcus Aurelius Gold Aureus at 2017 ANA Auction

By Chris Chatigny, Numismatist & CatalogerStacks Bowers ……
MARCUS AURELIUS, A.D. 161-180. AV Aureus (7.15 gms), Rome Mint, ca. A.D. 168-169.

The Stack’s Bowers Galleries August ANA World and Ancient coin catalog is now online. For this week’s ancient coin preview we have yet another wonderful Roman Empire aureus.

Marcus Aurelius is one of the most famous of the Roman Emperors, known to historians as the “Philosopher King”. His seminal work Meditations standing today as one of the cornerstones of Stoicism and philosophy writ large.

Another of his unofficial titles is the “Last of the Five Good Emperors”.

The preceding four (Nerva, Trajan, Hadrian and Antoninus Pius) each adopted their successor, thus choosing a suitable candidate. Marcus Aurelius’ biological son Commodus succeeded him, with Commodus lacking political and military acumen while possessing an erratic nature. Ultimately Marcus Aurelius’ reign is regarded as the end of the Pax Romana (Roman Peace), and the turbulent times following his reign are considered the beginning of the slow descent of the Western Roman Empire.

The obverse design for this coin features a left facing laureate and cuirassed bust of Marcus Aurelius. The reverse design bears the image of Felicitas, (in this instance connected to the good fortune of the general who repelled an invasion into Italy).

This gorgeous example features sharp strike details, fantastic luster and is sure to elicit enthusiastic participation once it reaches the auction podium.

While we are no longer accepting consignments for our August 2017 ANA Auction, we are currently taking consignments of world and ancient coins and world paper money for our October 2017 Collectors Choice Online Auction and the January 2018 New York International (NYINC) Auction. We are also accepting consignments of Chinese and other Asian coins and currency for our April 2018 Hong Kong Showcase Auction. Time is running short, so if you are interested in consigning your coins and paper currency (whether a whole collection or a single rarity) be sure to contact one of our consignment directors.

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Stack's Bowers Galleries conducts live, internet, and specialized auctions of rare U.S. and world coins and currency and ancient coins, as well as direct sales through retail and wholesale channels. The company's 90-year legacy includes the cataloging and sale of many of the most valuable United States coin and currency collections to ever cross an auction block — The D. Brent Pogue Collection, The John J. Ford, Jr. Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection, The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Collection, The Joel R. Anderson Collection, The Norweb Collection, The Cardinal Collection, The Sydney F. Martin Collection, and The Battle Born Collection — to name just a few. World coin and currency collections include The Pinnacle Collection, The Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr. Collection of World Gold Coins, The Kroisos Collection, The Alicia and Sidney Belzberg Collection, The Salton Collection, The Wa She Wong Collection, and The Thos. H. Law Collection. The company is headquartered in Costa Mesa, California with galleries in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia. Offices are also located in New Hampshire, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Virginia, Hong Kong, Paris, and Vancouver.

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