Roman Imperial coin, silver, AR denarius. Struck during the reign of Lucius Aurelius Verus Augustus, co-Emperor with Marcus Aurelius (161-169 C.E.), in Rome, 162-163 C.E. The bare head of Lucius Verus faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "IMP L AVREL VERVS AVG" surrounding image. On reverse, the standing figure of Providentia (the goddess and personification of the ability to foresee and make provision) faces left and holds a globe in her right hand and a cornucopia in her left hand with the inscriptions "PROV DEOR TR P III COS II" surrounding image. Edges of coin are damaged.
Date range: 162-163 C.E.
Remarks: Born in 130 C.E., he was adopted by Antoninus Pius in 138 C.E., but unlike Marcus Aurelius who was adopted at the same time, he was not raised to the rank of Caesar. Nevertheless, on the accession of Aurelius in 161 C.E., Verus was immediately made co-emperor. He was also betrothed to Aurelius' daughter, Lucilla, whom he married in 164 C.E. He campaigned in the East from 163-165 C.E. with considerable success, but he was a weak man addicted to pleasure and his death in 169 was a relief to his senior partner. Lucius Verus' coins were minted in Rome.
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2002 (Vol II), #5354, pg 354.
|Credit line||Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas|
|Place of Origin||Europe/Italy/Rome|