Aureus of Antoninus Pius, Emperor of Rome from Rome Artist: Unknown
Mint: Rome
Honorand: Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome, A.D. 121–180, ruled A.D. 161–80
Ruler: Antoninus Pius, Emperor of Rome, A.D. 86–161, ruled A.D. 138–161

A.D. 147–48


On view, 1st floor, Ancient Art

Marcus Aurelius, adoptive son of the emperor Antoninus Pius (ruled A.D. 138–61), raised his son to the rank of Caesar, which effectively made him heir to the throne, in 141. Born in 121, Marcus was only twenty-six years old when this portrait was struck; he would live to his sixtieth year, and it is possible to observe him aging on almost a year-by-year basis on his coins. This piece, which shows Marcus with a slight beard, compares favorably with the Yale University Art Gallery’s portrait of Marcus in the round (2010.40.1).




7.32 g, 12:00, 20.3 mm

Credit Line

Transfer from the Yale University Library, Numismatic Collection, 2001

Accession Number



2nd century


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Obverse Description

Obverse Description: AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F Bust of M. Aurelius, draped, r.

Reverse Description

Reverse Description: TR POT II COS II Minerva standing r., holding spear in r. hand, l. hand resting on shield


David Killad, to 1938; Yale University Libray, New Haven, Conn., 1938–2001; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
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aurei, coins, money

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