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 Posted 09/04/2021  05:55 am Show Profile   Bookmark this topic Add pdg to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This denarius (?) came with a card identifying it as Marcus Aurelius but it also named Antonius Pius. I've looked at images of both and the inscription seems to fit the former better but I really don't know. I'm more confident of Honos, or what's left of him, on the reverse. Diameter roughly 18mm. Thank you!

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 Posted 09/04/2021  08:34 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add travelcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Probably something like this (reverse hard to make out)

Marcus Aurelius, as Caesar, Denarius. 144 AD. AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F, bare-head right / COS DES II, Honos standing left, holding branch and cornucopiae.

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 Posted 09/04/2021  09:42 am  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add JohnConduitt to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
The mention of Antoninus Pius is probably due to the legend.

AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F (Aurelius Caesar, Augusti Pii Filius) means 'Aurelius Caesar, son of emperor (Antoninus) Pius'. In other words, Marcus Aurelius was Caesar while his 'father' Antoninus Pius was Augustus.

The lone 'I' at the end of the legend on the reverse suggests the full legend would be 'COS II' and this is RIC III Antoninus Pius 429A, AD145-160:
AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F; Head of Marcus Aurelius, bare, right.
COS II; Honos, togate, standing left, holding up branch in right hand and cornucopiae in left.
http://numismatics.org/ocre/id/ric.3.ant.429A
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09/04/2021 09:54 am
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 Posted 09/04/2021  6:50 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add pdg to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Great, thanks travelcoin/JohnConduitt for clearing that up! I gather the COS II means he served as Consul twice but none of my googling thus far has told me what a Consul did, expect that it was a high position in the Empire.
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