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168 NGC Ch VF Marcus Aurelius Denarius Roman Empire Salus Snake Altar (21041601C)

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  • Dated Choice Very Fine Marcus Aurelius Roman Empire denarius coin.
  • Minted Dec 168 to Dec 169 CE (TR P XXIII), RIC 207, 3.29g.   
  • Certified by NGC to Ch VF.
  • A great portrait of the Emperor early in his reign as Augustus in the year that would see the death of his Co-Emperor Lucius Verus. 
  • Obverse: M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXIII, Laureate head right.
  • Reverse: SALVTI AVG COS III, Salus standing left holding scepter & feeding snake twined around altar.
  • Salus was the goddess of safety and welfare. Her temple on the Quirinal at Rome, dedicated in 302 BC, was the scene of an annual sacrifice on August 5.
  • An interesting type for a period when the Empire was beset with extensive external warfare.