CONCORDIA AVGVST TR P XV COS



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    CONCORDIA. AVGVST. TR. P. XV. COS. III.----Aurelius and Verus standing, togated, join their right hands. Gold, and first and second brass of Marcus Aurelius.

    These fine coins contribute to prove what historians affirm, that on the death of his father, Aurelius immediately associated Lucius Verus with himself in the sovereignty, assigning to him all the honours of an emperor, excepting only the title of Pontifex Maximus; though, as Capitolinus expressly informs us, the Senate, after Antonine's decease, had conferred the empire upon Aurelius alone. And thus, for the first time, the Romans beheld two Augusti at the head of the State, invested with equal authority; and as it accidentally happened that both of them were holding the office of consul for the third time in 914 (A.D. 161), the year itself was afterwards distinguished in the public records as the Consulate of the two Augusti. That the Concord, which this coin indicates, should at the commencement of their colleagueship have existed between the two princes, is by no means surprising; but that it should have remained unimpaired till the death of Verus, a period of nine years, in spite of the great difference of their characters, is to be ascribed to the noble disposition and well regulated mind of Aurelius, who bore with equanimity the pretensions of a rival, endeavoured to screen the faults of a brother, and above all by his influence and high example imposed a wholesome restraint on his excesses.----Eckhel. vii. 48.


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