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Sestertius of Marcus Aurelius

Keith Waudby asked for a valuation on this Roman coin of Marcus Aurelius. It’s a sestertius, which is a denomination that turns up infrequently in comparison to many others. The few that I have seen as detecting finds have been almost invariably in poor condition.

On the obverse is a legend reading IMP M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXV around the laureate head of Marcus Aurelius. On the reverse, in five lines within a laurel wreath, is PRIMI DECEN NALES COS III S C. In volume II of David Sear’s Roman Coins and Their Values a variety (with a different obverse legend) is listed as number 4992. The type was struck at Rome in AD 171.


This sestertius is missing a few flakes of metal from its edge but would grade VF and has a very good portrait on the obverse. In its present condition I would set the price range on the coin at £150 – £200.

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