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168 NGC Ch XF Star Marcus Aurelius Roman Empire Denarius Liberalitas (19050202C)

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  • Dated Marcus Aurelius Roman Empire denarius coin, 3.58g, CE. 168/9, RIC 206, RSC 412, Foss 40. 
  • Superb portrait of the philosopher Emperor Marcus Aurelius.
  • Historic 5th Donative Emission cited by Foss for war departure.
  • Certified by NGC to Ch XF Star, with additional citation of "Fine Style".
  • The Star designation indicates that the coin has exceptional eye appeal, usually derived from some impressive aspect(s) of the strike, surface or style. 
  • Imperial titles, TRP XXIII, COS III correspond with Dec 168 to Dec 169 CE. 
  • Obverse: M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXIII, laureate bust right.
  • Reverse: LIBERAL AVG V COS III, Liberalitas standing left, holding coin dispenser and cornucopia.
  • Liberalitas was the virtue of giving freely (from liber, "free"), hence generosity. On coins the personification of Liberalitas would be depicted as displaying largess to the Roman people.