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Aelius, Caesar, July or August 136 - 1 January 138 A.D.

In 136, Aelius was adopted by an aging and ailing Hadrian and made caesar, successor to the throne. He had no military experience but had served as a senator and had powerful political connections. He was known for luxurious taste, an extravagant lifestyle, but also poor health. He was never to become emperor, dying before Hadrian, on 1 January 138.


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Pannonia was conquered by the Romans in the 1st century B.C. but was not completely pacified until the reign of Commodus. Shortly after Aelius was made caesar, Hadrian also made him governor of Pannonia. This type was struck to commemorate this event.
RB90363. Bronze as, RIC II Hadrian 1071, Cohen II 25, BMCRE III Hadrian 1936, SRCV II 3988, aF, rough, weight 11.084 g, maximum diameter 26.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 137 A.D.; obverse L AELIUS CAESAR, bare head right; reverse TR POT COS II, Pannonia standing half left, vexillum in right, gathering up drapery in right, PANN-O-NIA / S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


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Spes was the Roman personification of Hope. She was also named "ultima dea" - for Hope is the last resort of men. On this coin, the Caesar, Aelius, the designated successor of the emperor, is identified as the future hope of the people.
RB77884. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC II Hadrian 1055 (S), SRCV II 3986, BMCRE III Hadrian 1914, Cohen II 56, Fair, weight 24.384 g, maximum diameter 31.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 137 A.D.; obverse L AELIVS CAESAR, bare head right; reverse TR PO - T - COS II, Spes walking left, flower in raised right hand, lifting drapery of skirt with left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field below center; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; scarce; $5.49 (Ä4.89)


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Pannonia was conquered by the Romans in the 1st century B.C. but was not completely pacified until the reign of Commodus. Shortly after Aelius was made caesar, Hadrian also made him governor of Pannonia. This type was struck to commemorate this event.
SH32342. Orichalcum dupondius, RIC II Hadrian 1071, SRCV II 3988, BMCRE III Hadrian 1936, gem VF, weight 8.398 g, maximum diameter 25.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 137 A.D.; obverse L AELIVS CAESAR, bare head right; reverse TR POT COS II, PANNO-NIA and S - C across fields, Pannonia standing facing, head left, holding vexillum in right hand and gathering up drapery in left; scarce; SOLD







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