This genuine Ancient Roman silver coin has been
mounted in a modern 18 karat gold ring.
Obverse: AVRELIVS CAES ANTON AVG PII F;
Bust of Marcus Aurelius Facing Right
Reverse: TR POT X COS II; Aequitas Standing
to the Left, Holding Scales and a Scepter
Marcus Aurelius Antoninus was the Emperor of
Rome from 161 until his death in 180 A.D.
Born Marcus Annius Verus, he was adopted by
the emperor Antoninus Pius in 138, and
married his daughter Annia Galeria Faustina a
few years later. He succeeded to the throne
without difficulty on Antoninus' death. Marcus
Aurelius was educated by the best tutors in
Rome and was a devotee of Stoicism.
However, he felt with more religious fervor the
communion of man in the unity of the
universe than most other Stoics. In his later
years, he wrote the Meditations as a relief
from his lonely office, in which he attempts to
reconcile his Stoic philosophy of virtue and
self-sacrifice with his role as emperor.