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TheLoneKnight May 24, 2017 02:14 PM

Roman Denarius ID Help Needed
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A friend shared this on Facebook. It looks like a Roman Imperatorial denarius. I cannot match the inscription or find a match describing the reverse. The bust looks a lot like Commodus but I could not find a match for him either. Could be an ancient imitative? Any help with the ID is appreciated. Thank you.

Scribonius May 25, 2017 09:04 AM

Not Commodus, but his father Marcus Aurelius as Caesar under Antninus Pius.

Looks like:

Marcus Aurelius, as Caesar, AR Denarius. 152-153 AD.

Obverse: AVRELIVS CAE-SAR AVG PII FIL, bare head right

Reverse: TR POT VII COS II, Genius Exercitus or Virtus standing left, sacrificing out of patera over lighted altar and holding legionary eagle.

RIC 458: BMCRE 804 (Pius); RSC 661


TheLoneKnight May 25, 2017 11:54 AM

Thank you Gary :D

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