Dupondius Marcus Aurelius - Victoria
MARCUS AURELIUS. Æ Dupondius. Rome, 169/170 AD. Obv. M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXIIII Radiated head right Rev. VICT AVG COS III SC Victory walking right, holding trophy and wreath. RIC 983; Cohen 981 (3F) Military type commemorating the victory over the Germanic tribes after a difficult campaign. Germanic people of central and northern Europe began to move from the Elbe and Vistula, causing pressure on the Marcomanni, Quadi, Yaziges, who in turn were forced to advance into Roman territory about 166 AD. Note the first noteworthy decay in the imperial bronze issues, with truncated flans, and now sometimes flat and simplified engraving. Rare. No ex found in acsearch. Nice enamel dark blue-green patina with some touches of yellow. An Impressionist coin!
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