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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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In 162, Marcus Aurelius sent Lucius Verus to lead the war against Parthia. Lucius spent most of the campaign in Antioch, though he wintered at Laodicea and summered at Daphne, a resort just outside Antioch. Critics derided Lucius' luxurious lifestyle. He took up a mistress, enjoyed the company of actors and would "dice the whole night through." The Syrian army was said to spend more time in Antioch's open-air cafés than with their units. The war was, nevertheless, a success. Despite Lucius' minimal personal participation, he was awarded the titles Armeniacus, Medicus and Parthicus Maximus and a triumph upon his return to Rome in 166.
SL76246. Orichalcum sestertius, BMCRE IV p. 564, 1116; Cohen 249, RIC III M. Aurelius 1396 var. (drapery not mentioned), NGC certified VG, strike 4/5, surface 2/5, lt. scrapes (4094568-014), weight 22.91 g, maximum diameter 33.0 mm, die axis 315o, Rome mint, Dec 163 - Dec 164 A.D.; obverse L AVREL VERVS - AVG ARMENIACVS, laureate bust right, slight drapery on left shoulder; reverse TR P IIII - IMP II COS II, Victory standing facing, head right, nude to the waist, both wings visible on left, palm frond in right, resting left on shield inscribed VIC / AVG in two lines set on palm tree, S - C flanking in lower fields; from the Sam Mansourati Collection; scarce; $130.00 (€115.70)
 


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Mars was the god of war and also an agricultural guardian. He was the father of Romulus and Remus, the legendary founders of Rome. In early Rome, he was second in importance only to Jupiter, and the most prominent of the military gods in the religion of the Roman army. Most of his festivals were held in March, the month named for him (Latin Martius), and in October, which began and ended the season for military campaigning and farming.
RB77888. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III 1379, BMCRE IV 1109, Cohen III 224, Szaivert MIR 18 78, SRCV II 5376, F, well centered, nice style, weight 25.696 g, maximum diameter 32.0 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, Dec 163 - Dec 164 A.D.; obverse L AVREL VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS, laureate head right; reverse TR P IIII IMP II COS II, Mars advancing right, helmeted, nude but for cloak tied at waist and flying behind, transverse spear in right hand, trophy over left shoulder in left hand, S - C flanking low across field; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren, ex W.C. Phillips; $90.00 (€80.10)
 


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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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