Seldom offered Roman Empire silver denarius coin, 3.18g, issued between 165-169 CE, RIC 443 (rated as scarce).
Issued during the joint reign of Emperors Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus.
Historic Emission with the following theories given: Mattingly suggests that Legio VI Ferrata, which fought for Marc Antony at Phillipi, likely played a leading role in the Parthian War in 164 AD. The 200th anniversary of Actium is another likely explanation. Another explanation is that it was under Marcus Aurelius that the original Marc Antony legionary denarii were de-circulated, after two full centuries of use, and this restored type would have been intended as a replacement.
Certified by NGC to Ch VF, Strike 4/5, Surface 5/5.
Pedigree: The Morris Collection.
Obverse: ANTONIVS AV-GVR / III VIR R P C, galley with rowers sailing left.
Reverse: ANTONINVS ET VERVS AVG REST, aquila between two standards; LEG | VI across lower field.