Lucius Verus was the co-emperor of Marcus Aurelius, and married his daughter Lucilla. Although held in high esteem by Marcus, he had a reputation for loose living and few mourned his death in 169 A.D.
SL63631. Orichalcumsestertius, RIC III 1307, Cohen 178, NGC certified VF, strike 4/5, surface 2/5, finestyle, edges filed, closed crack, weight 25.24 g, maximum diameter 32 mm, die axis 315o, Rome mint, Mar - Dec 161 A.D.; obverseIMP CAESL AVREL VERVS AVG, cuirassed and draped bust right; reverseTR POTCOS II S C, Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus seated left on platform; on left, man standing below holding rod and palm; scarce; $750.00 (577.50)
SH57400. Orichalcumsestertius, RIC III 1379, Cohen 224, aVF, weight 26.227 g, maximum diameter 30.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, Dec 163 - Dec 164 A.D.; obverseL AVREL VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS, laureate head right; reverse TR P IIII IMP IICOS II S C, Mars advancing right, transverse spear in right, trophy over shoulder in left; $290.00 (223.30)
Lucius Verus, 7 March 161 - February 169 A.D., Philippopolis, Thrace
RP64026. Bronze AE 19, unpublished in standard references, aEF, dark green patina, weight 3.761 g, maximum diameter 19.3 mm, die axis 180o, Philippopolis mint, obverseAU KAI L AUR-HLI OUHROC, bare-headed cuirassedbust right; reverseFILIPPO-POLEITWN, Herakles standing left, bow, arrow and Nemean lion's skin in right, left resting on grounded club; ex Helios Numismatik auction 7, lot 538; extremely rare; $200.00 (154.00)
In 164, the governor of Syria, Avidius Cassius, one of Lucius Verus' generals, crossed the Euphrates and invaded Parthia. He completely destroyed Seleucia on the Tigris. He captured Ctesiphon, but it was returned to Parthia after the end of the war. When the army returned from Parthia they brought back a pandemic known as the Antonine Plague, which significantly depopulated the Roman Empire.
RB63438. Orichalcumdupondius, RIC III 1428, aVF, weight 11.80 g, maximum diameter 25.9 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Dec. 164 - Aug. 165 A.D.; obverseL AVREL VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS, radiate head right; reverseTR POT V IMP IICOS II S C, Verus standing left in military dress, standard in right, scepter in left, flanked by standards; $185.00 (142.45)
RB59614. Orichalcumdupondius, RIC III 1458, Cohen 206, gF, encrusted areas, weight 12.473 g, maximum diameter 25.4 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, Summer - Dec. 166 A.D.; obverse L VERVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX, radiate head right; reverseTR POT VI IMP IIII COS II S C, Victory standing facing, palm in right, with left holding shield inscribed VIC PAR on palm tree; scarce; $85.00 (65.45)
RB60240. Copper as, RIC III 1314, gF, weight 8.935 g, maximum diameter 25.0 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 161 - 169 A.D.; obverseIMP CAESL AVREL VERVS AVG, bare head right; reverse CONCORD AVGVSTOR TR P II, COS IIin ex, S-C across fields, Lucius Verus and Marcus Aurelius clasping hands; $85.00 (65.45)
In 162, Marcus Aurelius sent Lucius Verus to lead the war against Parthia. Lucius spent most of the campaign in Antioch, though he wintered at Laodicea and summered at Daphne, a resort just outside Antioch. Critics derided Lucius' luxurious lifestyle. He took up a mistress, enjoyed the company of actors and would "dice the whole night through." The Syrian army was said to spend more time in Antioch's open-air cafés than with their units. The war was, nevertheless a success. Despite Lucius' minimal personal participation, he was awarded the titles Armeniacus, Medicus and Parthicus Maximus and a triumph upon his return to Rome in 166.
RB63267. Orichalcumsestertius, RIC III 1456, Cohen 206, Fair, weight 17.35 g, maximum diameter 30.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, summer - Dec 166 A.D.; obverse L VERVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX, laureate head right; reverse TR P VI IMP IIII COS II, Victory standing facing, head right, nude to the waist, both wings visible on left, palm frond in right, resting left on shield inscribed VIC / PAR in two lines set on palm tree, S - C flanking in lower fields; scarce; $80.00 (61.60)