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Photo credit: Yale University Art Gallery
Ruler: Antoninus Pius, Emperor of Rome, A.D. 86–161, ruled A.D. 138–161
Mint: Rome
Artist: Unknown
Honorand: Marcus Aurelius, Emperor of Rome, A.D. 121–180, ruled A.D. 161–80

Aureus of Antoninus Pius, Emperor of Rome from Rome

A.D. 147–48


7.32 g, 12:00, 20.3 mm
Transfer from the Yale University Library, Numismatic Collection, 2001

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).

Made in Rome, Italy
2nd century

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

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