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Dupondius of Marcus Aurelius

The finder of this Roman coin wished to remain anonymous. I was told that it measures 30mm in diameter and that the finder had identified it as a dupondius.

On the obverse the legend reads AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII F COS around the right-facing bare head of Marcus Aurelius. On the reverse the standing figure of Hilaritas is flanked by S and C, holds a long palm branch and a cornucopia and is accompanied by a legend reading HILARITAS.

In volume II of David Sear’s Roman Coins and Their Values this dupondius is listed as number 4828. It was struck at Rome for Marcus Aurelius as Caesar under Antoninus Pius during AD 144.



The coin is in VF condition with a pale green patina and has no edge chips. It isn’t a rarity but it does have some eye appeal. However, I should point out that some collectors prefer coin with brownish rather that a pale green patina. As it stands, my price range on this coin would be £90 to £120.

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