101503 | ANCIENT INSPIRED. Roman Empire/Germany. Marcus Aurelius silver Medal.
101503 | ANCIENT INSPIRED. Roman Empire (Germany). Marcus Aurelius silver Medal. Issued 1979. Commemorating the 2,000th anniversary of the founding of Regensburg (as Castra Regina) (40mm. 29.80 g, 12h).
Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; pseudo-legend around / – REGENSBURG 2 JAHRTAUSENDE GESCHICHTE – / JUBILÄUMSJAHR 1979, aerial view of the camp's plans containing CASTRA / REGINA / 179-1979 in three lines. Edge: Plain.
Choice Mint State. Exceptionally prooflike and brilliant, with some frosting to the devices and a subtle tone; a fair amount of hairlines are noted in the fields.
The beginnings of Regensburg date to C.E. 179 when a Roman fort was established on the River Regen, hence the name 'Castra Regina.' In celebration of the 2,000th anniversary of this event, the present medal was issued drawing inspiration from the coinage of Marcus Aurelius, emperor at the time of the fort's founding and the fifth and final of the so-called "five good emperors."