Dated Mint State Emperor Marcus Aurelius Roman Empire silver denarius coin, 3.44g, 17mm, minted Dec 172 to Dec 173 CE, RSC 292, RIC 276.
Dated TR P XXVI IMP VI COS III: corresponds to Dec 172 to Dec 173 CE.
Colorful, lustrous surfaces, great portrait of Emperor with full facial hair.
Certified by NGC to MS, Strike 4/5, Surface 4/5.
Obverse: M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXVI, laureate head of Marcus Aurelius facing right.
Reverse: IMP VI COS III, Mars standing right in full military dress, reversed spear in right hand, resting left hand on grounded shield.
Mars was the god of war and also an agricultural guardian, a combination characteristic of early Rome. He was second in importance only to Jupiter and he was the most prominent of the military gods in the religion of the Roman army.