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ERIC Table of Contents


Title Page

Introduction

About Roman Coins

Denominations

Coins of Other Ancient Cultures

Identifying Roman Coins

How To Use This Book

Mintmarks

Mint Map

Pricing And Grading

Bibliography

Reference Catalogs Cited

Coin Terms Used

Glossary

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Index of Rulers

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Imperial Catalog:

AUGUSTUS
LIVA
AGRIPPA
NERO CLAUDIUS DRUSUS
GERMANICUS
AGRIPPINA I
TIBERIUS
DRUSUS
ANTONIA
CALIGULA
CLAUDIUS I
BRITANNICUS
AGRIPPINA II
NERO
GALBA
CLODIUS MACER
OTHO
VITELLIUS
VESPASIAN
DOMITILLA
TITUS
DOMITIAN
DOMITIA
JULIA TITI
NERVA
TRAJAN
PLOTINA
MARCIANA
MATIDIA
HADRIAN
SABINA
AELIUS
ANTONINUS PIUS
FAUSTINA I
MARCUS AURELIUS
FAUSTINA II
LUCIUS VERUS
LUCILLA
COMMODUS
CRISPINA
PERTINAX
DIDIUS JULIANUS
MANLIA SCANTILLA
DIDIA CLARA
PESCENNIUS NIGER
CLODIUS ALBINUS
SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS
JULIA DOMNA
CARACALLA
PLAUTILLA
GETA
MACRINUS
DIADUMENIAN
ELAGABALUS
JULIA MAESA
JULIA SOAEMIAS
JULIA PAULA
AQUILIA SEVERA
ANNIA FAUSTINA
SEVERUS ALEXANDER
JULIA MAMAEA
ORBIANA
MAXIMINUS I
PAULINA
MAXIMUS
GORDIAN I
GORDIAN II
BALBINUS
PUPIENUS
GORDIAN III
TRANQUILLINA
PHILIP I
OTACILIA SEVERA
PHILIP II
PACATIAN
JOTAPIAN
TRAJAN DECIUS
HERENNIA ETRUSCILLA
HERENNIUS ETRUSCUS
HOSTILIAN
TREBONIANUS GALLUS
VOLUSIAN
AEMILIAN
CORNELIA SUPERA
SILBANNACUS
URANIUS ANTONINUS
VALERIAN I
MARINIANA
VALERIAN II
GALLIENUS
SALONINA
SALONINUS
REGALIANUS
DRYANTILLA
POSTUMUS
LAELIANUS
MARIUS
VICTORINUS
DOMITIAN II
TETRICUS I
TETRICUS II
QUIETUS
MACRIANUS
CLAUDIUS II
QUINTILLUS
AURELIAN
SEVERINA
ZENOBIA
VABALATHUS
TACITUS
FLORIAN
PROBUS
SATURNINUS
CARUS
CARINUS
MAGNIA URBICA
NIGRIAN
NUMERIAN
JULIAN I
DIOCLETIAN
MAXIMIAN
CARAUSIUS
ALLECTUS
DOMITIUS DOMITIANUS
CONSTANTIUS I
THEODORA
GALERIUS
GALERIA VALERIA
SEVERUS II
MAXENTIUS
ROMULUS
CONSTANTINE I
HELENA
FAUSTA
ALEXANDER
LICINIUS I
CONSTANTIA
MAXIMINUS II
LICINIUS II
CRISPUS
VALERIUS VALENS
MARTINIAN
CONSTANTINE II
DELMATIUS
HANNIBALLIANUS
CONSTANS
CONSTANTIUS II
MAGNENTIUS
DECENTIUS
NEPOTIAN
VETRANO
CONSTANTIUS GALLUS
JULIAN II
JOVIAN
VALENTINIAN I
VALENS
PROCOPIUS
GRATIAN
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THEODOSIUS I
AELIA FLACCILLA
MAGNUS MAXIMINUS
FLAVIUS VICTOR
EUGENIUS
HONORIUS
CONSTANTINE III
CONSTANS II
MAXIMINUS
PRISCUS ATTALUS
JOVINUS
SABASTIANUS
CONSTANTIUS III
GALLA PLACIDIA
JOHANNES
VALENTINIAN III
LICINIA EUDOXIA
HONORIA
PETRONIUS MAXIMINUS
AVITUS
MAJORIAN
LIBIUS SEVERUS
ANTHEMIUS
EUPHEMIA
ANICIUS OLYBRIUS
GLYCERIUS
JULIUS NEPOS
ROMULUS AUGUSTUS
ARCADIUS
EUDOXIA
PULCHERIA
THEODOSIUS II
EUDOCIA
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LEO I
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LEO II
ZENO
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ANONYMOUS COINAGE

ERIC The Encyclopedia of Roman Imperial Coins
by Rasiel Suarez


Lucius Verus 

Augustus 161-169 

Sharing the title of Augustus with his brother Marcus Aurelius, history records Verus in a less-than-glowing light. Although an intelligent and handsome man, he didn't seem much interested in political or military affairs. Going through the motions, he followed his war generals who did the dirty work while it was noted he enjoyed a hedonistic lifestyle on the road complete with a traveling theater and frequent banquets to entertain him. It was on the return of one of these battles that he died after a stroke. Consensus holds that his greatest accomplishment was, unflatteringly enough, that he delegated administrative duties to his much more capable brother. 

Many choice, well-preserved coins remain for this emperor. Most commonly offered will be Denarii some of which may cost less than $100 and still be very attractive. Even mint state ones will not cost significantly more. 
 
The story changes, predictably, for bronzes which, largely in part due to the weathering of nearly two millennia, are much more difficult to find in the higher grades. While an As or Dupondius may cost only $20 or $30 do not expect it to be especially attractive at these prices. A nearly flawless Sestertius will easily cost several thousand dollars of this or any other ďcommonĒ emperor. 
 
Gold, too, is available although it hardly need be mentioned that an Aureus, regardless of emperor, is likely to cost thousands of dollars except for the worn and/or problem coins.  

Busts: 

 
1) Bare head left 
2) Bare head right 
3) Bare headed, cuirassed bust right 
4) Bare headed, draped bust left 
5) Bare headed, draped bust right 
6) Bare headed, draped and cuirassed bust right 
7) Laureate head right 
8) Laureate, cuirassed bust right 
9) Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right 
10) Laureate, draped bust right 
11) Radiate head right 
12) Radiate, cuirassed bust right 
13) Radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right 
14) Radiate, draped bust right 

 

Obverses: 

 
3) IMP CAES L VERVS AVG 
4) IMP CAESAR L AVRELIVS VERVS AVG 
5) IMP L AVREL VERVS AVG 
6) IMP L VERVS AVG 
7) L AVREL VERVS ARMENIACVS 
8) L AVREL VERVS AVG 
9) L AVREL VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS 
10) L VERVS AVG 
11) L VERVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX 
12) L VERVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX MEDIC 
13) L VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS 
14) VERVS AVG 
15) VERVS AVG IMP PARTH MAX 

 

Reverses: 

 
2) CONCORD AVG COS II 
3) CONCORD AVG TR P 
4) CONCORD AVGVSTOR 
5) CONCORD AVGVSTOR COS II 
6) CONCORD AVGVSTOR TR P 
7) CONCORD AVGVSTOR TR P COS II 
8) CONCORD AVGVSTOR TR P II 
9) CONCORDIAE AVGVSTOR 
10) CONCORDIAE AVGVSTOR COS II 
11) CONCORDIAE AVGVSTOR TR P 
12) CONCORDIAE AVGVSTOR TR P II 
13) CONCORDIAE AVGVSTORVM COS II 
14) CONG AVG IIII TR P VII IMP IIII COS III 
16) COS II 
17) FEL TEM COS II 
18) FELIC AVG TR P III 
20) FORT RED TR P VIII IMP V 
23) FORT RED TR POT III 
25) HILARITAS 
26) IMP II TR P IIII COS II 
28) IVNO 
29) L VERVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX 
30) LIB AVG III TR P VI COS II 
31) LIB AVGVSTOR TR P COS II 
33) PAX AVG TR P VI COS II 
34) PIETAS 
41) SALVTI AVGSTOR TR P III 
42) SALVTI AVGVSTAE 
44) TR P II COS II 
45) TR P III IMP II COS II 
46) TR P IIII COS II 
47) TR P IIII IMP II COS II 
49) TR P V IMP III COS II 
50) TR P VI IMP III COS II 
51) TR P VI IMP IIII COS II 
52) TR P VII COS III 
53) TR P VII IMP IIII COS III 
55) TR P VIII IMP IIII COS III 
56) TR P VIII IMP V COS III 
57) TR P VIIII IMP V COS III 
58) TR P XIX IMP II COS III 
60) TR POT II COS II 
61) TR POT III COS II 
62) TR POT IIII IMP II COS II 
64) TR POT V IMP III COS II 
65) TR POT VI IMP III COS II 
66) TR POT VII IMP IIII COS III 
67) TR POT VIII IMP IIII COS III 
68) TR POT VIII IMP V COS III 
70) TR POT VIIII IMP V COS III 
71) TR POT XIIII COS IIII 
72) VENVS 
76) VICT AVG TR POT VI IMP III COS II 
77) No legend 

 

Types: 

1) Aequitas seated left, holding scale and cornucopia
2) Aequitas standing left, holding scale and cornucopia
3) Annona standing left, holding roll and oar; modius on galley prow to left. 
4) Armenia seated left, resting head on hand, shield and standard behind. 
5) Armenia seated left, resting head on hand; trophy behind. 
6) Captive, bound, seated right by weapons and trophy
7) Captive, bound, seated right by weapons. 
8) Concordia seated left, holding patera 
9) Cybele seated left, holding drum; lion below. 
10) Eagle  
11) Eagle perched on globe 
12) Fortuna seated left, holding rudder and cornucopia
13) Funeral pyre 
14) Galley sailing left 
15) Galley sailing left, Nike at prow 
16) Galley sailing right, Nike at prow 
17) Hercules standing, facing, holding branch and club with lion skin. 
18) Hercules standing, facing, holding branch and club. 
19) Indulgentia seated left, holding scepter
20) Juno standing left, holoding patera and scepter; peacock to lower left. 
21) Liberalitas standing, facing, holding coin counter and cornucopia
22) Lucius Verus and Marcus Aurelius riding quadriga left, one holding scepter with eagle atop, the other a branch. 
23) Lucius Verus and Marcus Aurelius seated left on platform, citizen on steps to lower left. 
24) Lucius Verus and Marcus Aurelius seated left on platform, Liberalitas holding coin counter and citizen on steps to lower left. 
25) Lucius Verus and Marcus Aurelius standing, facing each other, shaking hands
26) Lucius Verus laureate head right 
27) Lucius Verus riding elephant quadriga left 
28) Lucius Verus riding elephant quadriga right 
29) Lucius Verus riding horse right, holding spear. 
30) Lucius Verus riding horse right, spearing enemy. 
31) Lucius Verus seated left on platform, attended by two lictors; Armenian king Soemias to lower left, touching head
32) Lucius Verus standing left on platform, attended by lictor, addressing several soldiers. 
33) Lucius Verus standing left, holding globe. 
34) Lucius Verus standing right on left, receiving Victory on globe from Roma seated to right, holding spear; shield to side
35) Lucius Verus standing right on left, shaking hands with Roma seated to right, holding spear. 
36) Mars advancing left, holding spear and trophy 
37) Mars advancing left, holding trophy and parazonium 
38) Mars advancing right, holding spear and trophy 
39) Mars standing right, holding spear and resting hand on shield
40) Minerva standing left, holding branch and spear with shield 
41) Minerva standing, facing, holding spear and resting hand on shield 
42) Pax standing left, holding branch and cornucopia 
43) Pietas standing left, sacrificing over altar and holding incense box. 
44) Providentia standing left, holding globe and cornucopia 
45) Roma advancing left, holding Victory and trophy
46) Roma standing left, stepping on helmet, holding Victory and spear. 
47) Salus seated left, feeding snake on altar 
48) Salus standing left, feeding snake on altar and holding scepter 
49) Trophies (3) 
50) Trophies (3); seated captive in front of each one. 
51) Two hands holding standard 
52) Venus standing left, holding apple and scepter 
53) Victory advancing left, holding open wreath with both hands
54) Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm
55) Victory standing left on globe, holding wreath and palm
56) Victory standing left, touching trophy with shield by base. 
57) Victory standing left, touching trophy
58) Victory standing right, holding shield reading VIC / AVG on palm
59) Victory standing right, holding shield reading VIC / PAR on palm
60) Victory standing right, holding shield reading VIC / PAR on palm; shield leaning against palm
61) Victory standing right, holding trophy with Armenia seated by its base. 

 

Mint: 

 
1) Roma 

 
AU Aureus Reference(s) 
 
1) B02, O13, R45, T58 RIC 522 (III, Marcus Aurelius), BMC 294 
2) B02, O13, R46, T31 Exe: REX ARMEN / DAT RIC 512 (III, Marcus Aurelius), BMC 300  
3) B06, O02, R41, T48 Exe: COS II RIC 496 (III, Marcus Aurelius), BMC 232 
4) B06, O13, R46, T05 Exe: ARMEN BMC 236 
5) B07, O02, R11, T25 Exe: COS II RIC 456 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 51 
6) B08, O11, R56, T30 RIC 543 (III, Marcus Aurelius), BMC 391 
7) B09, O11, R14, T21 RIC 658 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 52 
8) B10, O11, R33, T42 RIC 559 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 30 
9) B10, O13, R45, T58 RIC 525 (III, Marcus Aurelius

 
AR Denarius Reference(s) 
 
10) B02, O05, R03, T08 Exe: COS II RIC 447 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 21 
11) B02, O05, R38, T44 RIC 463 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 144 
12) B02, O05, R39, T44 RIC 482 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 155 
13) B02, O06, R40, T44 RIC 491 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 156 
14) B02, O13, R47, T04 Exe: ARMEN RIC 501 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 6 
15) B02, O13, R47, T39 RIC 515 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 229 
16) B06, O02, R16, T33 RIC 457 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 61 
17) B07, O11, R20, T12 RIC 586 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 111 
18) B07, O11, R33, T42 RIC 555 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 127 
19) B07, O11, R49, T07 RIC 540 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 273 
20) B07, O11, R50, T07 RIC 548 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 286 
21) B07, O11, R51, T42 Exe: PAX RIC 561 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 126 
22) B07, O11, R51, T59 RIC 566 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 279 
23) B07, O11, R53, T02 RIC 576 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 297 
24) B07, O11, R55, T02 RIC 578 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 310 
25) B07, O11, R56, T02 RIC 590 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 316 
26) B07, O11, R56, T54 RIC 581 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 313 
27) B07, O11, R75, T53 RIC 553 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 339 
28) B07, O13, R48, T39 RIC 529 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 263 
29) B07, O13, R48, T45 RIC 537 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 270 
30) B08, O11, R51, T59 
31) B08, O13, R47, T39 RIC 514 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 228 
32) B10, O05, R38, T44  

 
 
33) B02, O01, R15, T10 RIC 596a (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 55 
34) B02, O01, R15, T13 RIC 596b (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 58 

 
 
35) B09, O11, R53, T32 C 288 

 
 
36) B02, O02, R60, T12 Exe: FORT RED RIC 1317 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 87 
37) B02, O11, R51, T06 RIC 1443 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 201 
38) B07, O02, R06, T25 Exe: COS II RIC 1284 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 161 
39) B07, O02, R08, T25 Exe: COS II RIC 1309 (III, Marcus Aurelius
40) B07, O02, R18, T16 Exe: COS II C 83 
41) B07, O09, R47, T58 RIC 1397 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 250 
42) B07, O11, R53, T35 Exe: SC RIC 1463 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 299 
43) B08, O09, R47, T31 Exe: REX ARMEN DAT RIC 1371 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 161 

 
 
44) B02, O01, R15, T13 RIC 1511 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 59 

 
 
45) B11, O11, R66, T54 RIC 1462 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 210 
46) B12, O02, R18, T14 Exe: COS II RIC 1330 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 75 

 
AE As 
 
47) B02, O13, R45, T30 RIC 1404 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 257 
48) B07, O11, R57, T03 RIC 1489 (III, Marcus Aurelius), C 326 

 

Lucius Verus Busts 

 

Lucius Verus Types