MARCUS AURELIUS: THE PHILOSOPHER EMPEROR, A SET OF TWO SILVER COINS
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The great Stoic philosopher Marcus Aurelius is honored in this set, which features genuine ancient Roman silver coins of both the Emperor Marcus and his wife, Faustina the Younger.
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus Augustus (121-180) was one of the most brilliant rulers the western world has ever produced. His natural genius was cultivated at a young age by the emperor Hadrian, who ensured that the boy was given the best education possible. He studied Latin and Greek and was especially drawn to Stoic philosophy.
His wife, Faustina the Younger, was the daughter of the Emperor Antoninus Pius, for whom Marcus served as consul. Thus the line of succession was matrilineal. Indeed, when Marcus Aurelius was confronted with his wife's alleged infidelity and told to divorce her, he refused, remarking that, “If I did, I'd have to return my dowry-the Empire!”
As Emperor, Marcus Aurelius aimed to expand the Empire north of the Danube. This ambition was thwarted by an actus Dei—the Antonine Plague, though to be smallpox, which wiped out a third of the population of the country, including Marcus himself.
He is best known for his “Meditations”, regarded as a masterpiece of Stoic reasoning. Among his most notable quotes are:
--“Very little is need to make a happy life.”
--“Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth.”
This collection contains silver denarii of the Emperor Marcus Aurelius and his wife Faustina the Younger. Portraits and legends are on the obverse; reverses vary, but tend to feature religious or military themes. The economic health of the Empire is evident in the silver fineness of these coins.
Marcus Aurelius (reigned 161-180 CE)
Weight: 3-3.8 g
Diameter: 17.5-18.5 mm
Faustina the Younger (d. 175 CE)
Weight: 2.6-3.6 g
Diameter: 16.5-19 mm
Box measures: 3.87” x 3.87” x 1.25”
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