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Rome, denarius, Marcus Aurelius and the Victory on the Danube
29.10.2021 Ancient Roman Coins.
Hello everyone, what is this coin and the estimate value in this condition.
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Rome, 9.11.2021
the significant elements concerning the coin above are shown below:

Denarius1, mint of Rome, 170 A. D.2, Ric III 226 (page 230), BMC IV 531 (page 460), Cohen III 979 (page 97), rarity index "C".

Summary description:
D. M ANTONINVS AVG - TR P XXIIII3. Marcus Aurelius, laureate head right.
R. VICT AVG - COS III4. Victory advancing left holding wreath and palm.

The search on the web for coins of the type of figure gave rise to the following results:

  1. Marcus Aurelius, Struck 169-170 AD, AR denarius 3.06g, 18.12mm. M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXIII, laureate head right. VICT AVG COS III, Victory advancing left holding wreath and palm. RIC III 226; Sear - (cf 4953 holding trophy); RSC 979b; BMC 531. Used with permission of TimeLine Originals (, September, 2009.
  2. Internet Auction Janvier 2017 419134 31.01.2017. Beschreibung: MARCUS AURELIUS. Type: Denier Date: 01-04/166 Date: 170 Mint name / Town: Rome. Metal: silver. Millesimal fineness: 800‰. Diameter: 20mm. Orientation dies: 6h. Weight: 2,43g. Rarity: R1 Officine: 6e. Obverse legend: M ANTONINVS AVG - TR P XXIIII. Obverse description: Tête laurée de Marc Aurèle à droite (O*). Obverse translation: “Marcus Antoninus Augustus Tribunicia Potestate quartum vicesimum”, (Marc Antonin auguste revêtu de la vingt-quatrième puissance tribunitienne). Reverse legend: VICT AVG - COS III. Reverse description: Victoria (la Victoire) drapée, marchant à gauche, tenant une couronne de la main droite tendue et une palme de la main gauche. Reverse translation: “Victoria Augusti Tribunicia Potestate vicesimum Consul tertium”, (La Victoire de l’auguste, revêtu de la vingtième puissance tribunicienne, consul pour la troisième fois). Catalogue references: RIC.226 - C.979 - BMC/RE.531 - RSC.979 - MRK.- - RCV.4953 (140$) - MIR.18/197 /4-30. Grade: MS/AU.
  3. Lot 4776 Session 16 (9.30am Friday 23rd November) Roman Silver & Bronze Coins - Roman Imperial Estimate $150. Bid at SOLD $100MARCUS AURELIUS, (A.D. 161-180), silver denarius, Rome mint, issued A.D. 170, (3.25g), obv. laureate head of Marcus Aurelius to right, around M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXIIII, rev. around IMP VI COS III, Victory walking to left, holding wreath and palm, (S.4953, BMC 531, RIC 226, RSC 979b). Toned, extremely fine and scarce.
    Ex Dr V.J.A.Flynn Collection and previously CNG Coin Shop #873813.
  4. vcoins 81.38€ Rates for: 11/08/21 Marcus Aurelius AR Denarius. Rome Mint 169-170 AD. Obverse: M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXIIII, laureate head right. Reverse: VICT AVG COS III, Victory advancing left holding wreath & palm. RIC: 226, RSC 979b. Size: 18mm, 2.90g. Numismatic Notes: A scarce type! Some scratching on the reverse.
  5. Description Silver coin. Head of Marcus Aurelius, laureate, right. Victory advancing left, holding wreath in right hand and palm-branch in left hand over left. Production date 169-170. Production place Minted in: Rome (city). Materials silver. Dimensions Die-axis: Die-axis: 6 o'clock Weight: 3.21g.
  6. Marcus Aurelius - VICTORY (ME2182). Marcus Aurelius - VICTORY (ME2182) Product Code: VICT AVG COS III Availability: Sold 65.00€ Description MARCUS AURELIUS (161-180). Denarius. Rome. Obv: ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXIIII. Laureate head right. Rev: VICT AVG COS III. Victory advancing left with wreath and palm. RIC 226. Condition: Very fine. Weight: 3,36g. Diameter: 17mm.
Coming to conclusions, within the limits allowed by a remote examination, the general and style characteristics of the coin reflect those of the authentic specimens of the period. The physical characteristics (weight, diameter, reaction to the magnet) are missing, which is why a comparative examination with the authentic coins of the period is not possible. The coin, without frame, if authentic, has, in my opinion, a market value of about € 60. However, if the hooks in the frame had changed the surface state of the coin, its market value would have to be revised.

Best regards.
Giulio De Florio

(1) Denarius (silver, millesimal fineness: 800‰). According to BMC, the average weight of Marcus Aurelius denarii is 3,21g (average on 639 denarii). I collect in the table below the physical characteristics of denarii of the type of figure present in the links above:

Reference Weight(g) Diameter(mm) Die axis(h)
Link1 3,06 - 18,12
Link2 2,43 6 20
Link3 3,25 - -
Link4 2,90 - 18
Link5 3,21 6 -
Link6 3,36 - 17
Since there is no information about the physical characteristics of the sample under examination (weight, diameter, coin axis, reaction to the magnet), it will not be possible to carry out a comparative examination with the authentic coins of the period.
(2) On 1.12.170A.D. Marcus Aurelius was invested for the 24th time with the powers of tribune (TRP XXIIII), powers that would be renewed every 12 months until his death.
(3) M ANTONINVS AVG - TR P XXIIII (Marcus ANTONINVS AVGvstvs TRibunicia Potestate XXIIII).
Marcus Annius Verus, this was the birth name of Marcus Aurelius, was born in Rome in 121 A.D. by his father Annius Verus, praetor and brother-in-law of Antoninus Pius. After the death of his father, Marcus received from Hadrian, who had esteem for him, the appellative of "Verissimus" and, at the same time in which Hadrian adopted Antoninus Pius, he was by Antoninus Pius adopted jointly with Lucius Verus; the line of succession, however, was pre-established, in fact in 138 he alone was elevated to the rank of Caesar and then of Consul. At that point he took the name of Marcus Aelius Aurelius, since Aelius was the family name of Hadrian and Aurelius the family name of Antoninus Pius. In 145, at the time of his second consulate, Marcus strengthened his bond with Antoninus Pius by marrying his daughter, Anna Faustina. In 147 he was invested for the first time with the Tribunicia Potestas. When, on the death of Antoninus Pius in 161, Marcus Aurelius was elevated to the rank of Augustus, he wanted his adoptive brother Lucius Verus as co-regent. To underline the sense of political continuity in the succession, Marcus abandoned his family name, Annius, to take only that of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus. In 163 M. Statius Priscus, governor of Cappadocia, invaded Armenia destroying the capital Artaxata, which earned Lucius Verus the title of Armeniacus, also recognized to Marcus Aurelius the following year. In the course of 165 the campaign undertaken against the Parthians saw the success of the Roman army and the destruction of capital Ctesiphon so that, in the course of 166, Marcus Aurelius was able to boast the title of Parthicus Maximus on the coins. In 166 Marcus Aurelius took part with Lucius Verus in the triumph decreed by the Senate in favor of the victors. In 169, after the death of Verus, he remained the only Augustus. He spent the rest of his life fighting along the Danube. In 177 Marcus received the title of Fatherland Father. He died in 180 leaving the reins of the empire in the hands of his son Commodus who three years earlier had been raised to the rank of Augustus and co-regent, at the age of only sixteen.
(4) VICT AVG - COS III (VICToria AVGusta COnSul III). In 170 A.D. the victory on the Danube against Langobardi was celebrated with the monetary issue of the figure.
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