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151 NGC AU Marcus Aurelius Roman Emp Caesar Denarius Unpublished Obverse Genius Legions (24042404C)

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  • Almost Uncirculated Caesar Marcus Aurelius Roman Empire silver denarius coin.
  • Minted at Rome during the reign of his adopted father, Emperor Antoninus Pius.
  • Dated: TR POT VI COS II = 151/52 CE.
  • approx 18mm, 3.54g, RSC 646v, RIC 453v (rated as Scarce).
  • Apparently unlisted obverse variety with draped and cuirassed bust.
  • Great portrait of Marcus with beard & moustache.  
  • Certified by NGC to AU, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5.
  • Obverse: AVRELIVS CAESAR AVG PII FIL, draped and cuirassed bust facing right.
  • Reverse: TR POT VI COS II, Genius Exercitus (of the Roman Legions) standing facing, head left, sacrificing from patera in right hand over lit altar at left, aquila in left hand. 
  • Genius is the individual instance of a general divine nature that is present in every individual person, place, or thing. Much like a guardian angel, the genius would follow each man from the hour of his birth until the day he died.  Each individual place had a genius (genius loci) and so did powerful objects, such as volcanoes. The concept extended to some specifics: the genius of the theatre, of vineyards, and of festivals, which made performances successful, grapes grow, and celebrations succeed, respectively. It was extremely important in the Roman mind to propitiate the appropriate genii for the major undertakings and events of their lives. An aquila was a prominent symbol used in ancient Rome, especially as the standard of a Roman legion suggests that the genius refers to the Roman Legions.