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Lucius Verus, 7 March 161 - February 169 A.D.

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.


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Superb VF, beautiful and rare light turquoise patina
RB04783. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III 1310, VF, weight 23.9 g, maximum diameter 32.6 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 161 - 169 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES L AVREL VERVS AVG, bare-headed, cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse CONCORD AVGVSTOR TR P II, COS II in ex, S-C across fields, Lucius Verus and Marcus Aurelius clasping hands; SOLD


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In 162, Lucius Verus began war with the Parthians after Vologases IV invaded Syria and Armenia. The Romans would be victorious but the returning army would bring back a pandemic known as the Antonine Plague. The plague would significantly depopulate the entire Roman Empire.
SH53593. Silver denarius, RIC III 482, RSC II 155, BMCRE IV 202, Hunter II 7, cf. SRCV II 5354 (TR P III), Superb Uncirculated; fine style, bold strike, perfect centering, blazing luster, minor flan crack, weight 3.273 g, maximum diameter 18.1 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Dec 161 - Dec 162 A.D.; obverse IMP L AVREL VERVS AVG, bare head right; reverse PROV DEOR TR P II COS II, Providentia standing left, globe in right hand, cornucopia in left; ex H. S. Perlin Co. (1988); SOLD


Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, 7 March 161 - February 169 A.D., Aelia Capitolina (Jerusalem), Syria Palestina

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During his famous travels, Hadrian visited Judaea and initiated reconstruction of Jerusalem on the Roman model, with a temple of Jupiter replacing the Jewish Temple and restrictions on circumcision. This triggered the Bar-Kochba war, lasting three years and brutal beyond imagination. Hadrian sought to eradicate Judaism and renamed the city Aelia Capitolina, as inscribed on this rare coin.
SH14112. Bronze AE 28, SNG ANS 605, aVF, weight 16.504 g, maximum diameter 28.2 mm, die axis 0o, Aelia Capitolina mint, obverse IMP CAES ANTONINO ET VERO AVG, confronted, draped and laureate busts of M. Aurelius and L. Verus; reverse COL AEL CAP, Nike standing left, wreath in right and palm in left; rare; SOLD


Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, 161 - 180 A.D., Aelia Capitolina (Jerusalem), Syria Palestina

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During his famous travels, Hadrian visited Judaea and initiated reconstruction of Jerusalem on the Roman model, with a temple of Jupiter replacing the Jewish Temple and restrictions on circumcision. This triggered the Bar-Kochba war, lasting three years and brutal beyond imagination. Hadrian sought to eradicate Judaism and renamed the city Aelia Capitolina, as inscribed on this rare coin.
JD11633. Bronze AE 29, Meshorer 52, SNG ANS -, Hendin -, aVF, weight 17.46 g, maximum diameter 28.7 mm, die axis 0o, Jerusalem mint, 161 - 180 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES ANTONINO ET VERO, laureate and draped facing busts of Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus; reverse COL AEL CAP in ex, Tyche standing left, scepter in left, cornucopia in right, within tetrastyle temple with central arch; beautiful obverse, pitting on reverse; rare; SOLD


Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, 161 - 169 A.D., Mark Antony Restitution

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"Restitution" issue by Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus commemorating the famous legionary denarii of Marc Antony. The legion VI Ferrata, the "Ironclad", was an old legion of Caesar's that fought for Antony. It must have been chosen for the restitution for its presumably key-role during Verus' successful Parthian campaign.
RS89768. Silver denarius, BMCRE IV p. 456, 500; RIC III p. 248, 443; MIR 18 120-4; RSC I Antony 83; Cohen I Antony 83; SRCV II p. 341, 5236, choice gVF, excellent centering, toning, flow lines, some die wear, small coppery spots, weight 3.031 g, maximum diameter 18.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 165 - 166 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVGVR III VIR R P C, war galley, five oarsman visible, rowing left over waves, helmsman and rudder in stern; reverse ANTONINVS ET VERVS AVG REST, aquila (legionary eagle) in center, eagle turned right, between two legionary standards, standard on right surmounted by Victory standing left and extending wreath, LEG - VI across center divided by aquila; rare; ON LAYAWAY


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RS34998. Silver denarius, RIC III 515, RSC II 229, Choice EF, weight 3.272 g, maximum diameter 17.5 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 163 - 164 A.D.; obverse L VERUS ARMENIANCVS, bare head right; reverse TR P IIII IMP II COS II, Mars standing right in military dress, spear in right hand, resting left hand on shield; fantastic sharp high-relief strike and excellent centering; SOLD


Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, 161 - 169 A.D., Mark Antony Restitution

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"Restitution" issue by Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus commemorating the famous legionary denarii of Marc Antony. The legion VI Ferrata, the "Ironclad", was an old legion of Caesar's that fought for Antony. It must have been chosen for the restitution for its presumably key-role during Verus' successful Parthian campaign.
RS34141. Silver denarius, BMCRE IV p. 456, 501; RIC III p. 248, 443; MIR 18 120-4; RSC I Antony 83; Cohen I Antony 83; SRCV II p. 341, 5236, nice VF, small edge splits, weight 3.215 g, maximum diameter 19.1 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 165 - 166 A.D.; obverse ANTONINVS AVGVR III VIR R P C, war galley, three oarsman visible, rowing left over waves; reverse ANTONINVS ET VERVS AVG REST, aquila (legionary eagle) in center, eagle turned left, between two legionary standards, LEG - VI in center above exergue line divided by aquila; rare; SOLD


Lucius Verus, 7 March 161 - February 169 A.D; Roman Provincial Egypt

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Lucius Verus' coins struck at Alexandria are scarcer than might be expected based on the availabliltiy of his coins struck at Rome.
SH56971. Billon tetradrachm, Dattari 3694, Kampmann-Ganschow 39.22, cf. Emmett 2337, Geissen -, Curtis -, Milne -, BMC Alexandria -, aVF, porous, weight 9.013 g, maximum diameter 23.6 mm, die axis 0o, Alexandria mint, 162 A.D.; obverse Λ AYPHΛIOC OVHPOC CEB, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse Eagle standing right, with spread wings, head left, palm to right, L B (year 2) across fields; very rare variant; SOLD


Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, 7 March 161 - February 169 A.D., Aelia Capitolina (Jerusalem), Syria Palestina

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During his famous travels, Hadrian visited Judaea and initiated reconstruction of Jerusalem on the Roman model, with a temple of Jupiter replacing the Jewish Temple and restrictions on circumcision. This triggered the Bar-Kochba war, lasting three years and brutal beyond imagination. Hadrian sought to eradicate Judaism and renamed the city Aelia Capitolina, as inscribed on this rare coin.
JD11656. Bronze AE 26, SNG ANS 604; BMC Palestine p. 90, 50, VF, weight 14.60 g, maximum diameter 25.6 mm, die axis 180o, Aelia Capitolina mint, obverse IMP CAES ANTONINO ET VERO AVG, confronted, draped and laureate busts of M. Aurelius and L. Verus; reverse COL AEL CAP, Tyche seated left, patera in right hand, cornucopia in left hand; rare; SOLD


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In 168 A.D., Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus established their headquarters at Aquileia. They then crossed the Alps into Pannonia and, with paid help from German tribes and the Scythians, subdued the Marcomanni who had invaded Italy in 167.
RB33707. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III 1476, Cohen III 103, VF, weight 24.135 g, maximum diameter 32.4 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, Feb - Dec 168 A.D.; obverse L VERVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX, laureate head right; reverse TR POT VIII IMP V COS III (holder of tribune power for 8 years, imperator 5 times, consul 3 times), Fortuna seated left, holding rudder by tiller in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S C at sides, FORT RED in exergue; ex-Brooklyn Museum of Art; SOLD




  




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