LUCIUS VERUS

Reigned: 161-169 A.D.

  LVCIVS AVRELIVS VERVS was born in 130 as Lucius Ceionius Commodus to Domitia Lucilla and Lucius Ceionius Commodus. His father, under the name Aelius, was adopted as Hadrian's heir in 136, but died in 138. Antoninus Pius was then made heir on condition that he adopt Marcus Aurelius and Aelius' son. After Pius died on March 7, 161, Aurelius succeeded him and he made Aelius' son his co-Augustus, under the name of Lucius Verus. Verus spent 162-166 in the east while his generals fought the Parthians, but he was consumed by vice. After a brief Danubian campaign he died in February, 169 and was deified.
(From MONETA, available from www.numus.com)

 

The Denarii


Silver Denarius (18mm) Struck 168-169 A.D. in Rome

Obv: ANTONIVS AVGVR III VIR R P C Galley right

Rev: ANTONINVS ET VERVS AVG REST Standards, the eagle facing right, LEG VI between.

RIC 443, RSC 83 (Mark Antony), Sear 5236     Harry Stewart Collection



Silver Denarius (17.77mm, 2.67gr) Struck 162 A.D. in Rome

Obv: IMP L AVREL VERVS AVG Lucius Verus, his bare-headed and cuirassed bust right.

Rev: PROV DEOR TR P II COS II Providentia standing left, holding globe and cornucopiae.

RIC 482, RSC 155b, Sear 5354 var.   Jan de Veen Collection



Silver Denarius (19.1mm, 2.82gr) Struck 165 A.D. in Rome

Obv: IMP L VERVS AVG Lucius Verus, his bare head right

Rev: PROV DEOR TR P III COS II Providentia standing left, holding globe and cornucopia.

RIC 491, RSC 156, Sear 5354   Tom Mullally Collection



Silver Denarius (18mm, 3.11gr) Struck 165 A.D. in Rome

Obv: L VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS. Lucius Verus, his laureate head right.

Rev: TR P V IMP II COS II. Roma walking left, holding victory and trophy.

RIC 537, RSC 270a, Sear 5357   Mark Lehman Collection



Silver Denarius (18.45mm, 3.18gr) Struck 166 A.D. in Rome

Obv: L VERVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX Lucius Verus, his laureate head right.

Rev: TR P VI IMP IIII COS II Victory standing right holding palm and afixing a shield inscribed: VIC / PAR to palm tree.

RIC 566, RSC 279, Sear 5359   Jan de Veen Collection

The Sestertii


Orichalcum Sestertius (31mm, 19.54gr) Struck 163.A.D. in Rome

Obv: IMP CAES L AVREL VERVS AVG. Lucius Verus, his bare head right.

Rev: FELIC AVG TR P III; in ex: COS II; S - C. Galley rowed right over waves, Victory at prow, steersman under aplustre and two standards at stern.

RIC 1326, Sear 5368 var., VM 29   Mark Lehman Collection



Orichalcum Sestertius (32mm, 25.63gr) Struck 166 A.D. in Rome

Obv: L VERVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX. Lucius Verus, his laureate head right.

Rev: TR POT VI IMP IIII COS II S - C. Victory standing right holding palm and afixing a shield inscribed: VIC / PAR to palm tree.

RIC 1456, Sear 5384, VM 38/1   Mark Lehman Collection

 

The Asses


AE As (25mm, 9.76gr) Struck 161 A.D. in Rome

Obv: IMP CAES L AVREL VERVS AVG. Lucius Verus, his bare head right.

Rev: CONCORD AVGVSTOR TR P COS II S - C. M. Aurelius and L. verus clasping right hands.

RIC 1288, Sear 5408 var.   Mark Lehman Collection