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AD 117-176 AR Denarius Roman Empire - Golden Age Silver Denarius Hoard Obverse

AD 117-176 AR Denarius Roman Empire - Golden Age Silver Denarius Hoard



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AD 117-176 AR Denarius Roman Empire - Golden Age Silver Denarius Hoard 

The 'Golden Age' of Rome runs from the reign of Trajan (98-117) through Commodus (177-192), though some would include Nerva (96-98) as part of it. The peak of this was in about the middle of that century. It is considered the Golden Age because it is when Rome was at its peak of power, prosperity and security. The famous historian Edward Gibbon, writing at the end of the 18th Century, has an especially well-known quote: "If a man were called to fix the period in the history of the world during which the condition of the human race was most happy and prosperous, he would, without hesitation, name that which elapsed from the death of Domitian to the accession of Commodus. [96-180 A.D.]" He adds Nerva and keeps Commodus out, because Commodus' reign was disgraceful. But the collapse of the Roman world did not begin convincingly until the murder of Commodus in 192, which gave rise to a civil war and led to the greater decline of the Roman world in the 3rd Century. Commodus is a popular and was made famous by the movie "Gladiator" and his notoriety in general. Many find it intriguing that Nerva, Tragan, Hadrian, Antoninus Pius and Marcus Aurelius were all adopted heirs rather than selected from family ties. Perhaps the selection of emperors based on merit and not blood is what helped Rome soar in the Golden Age.

This coin is made from Silver (ranging from high purity to 25% pure), denoted by the AR next to its denomination.

Coin will come with either Antoninus Pius or Hadrian as the ruler. If you are interested in a specific ruler, please make a note when checking out and we will do out best to accommodate you.

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