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Estimate: 30'000 CHF   |   Starting price: 25'000 CHF Price realized: 32'000 CHF
Lucius Verus (161-169)
Aureus - Rome (161-162)
D’une qualité hors norme et d’un style exceptionnel.
Exemplaire de la collection E. M. Herzfelder vente Hirsch XXIX du 9 novembre 1910, N°1100 et de la vente Hess-Leu 49 (Lucerne) des 27 et 28 avril 1971, N°382 et de la vente Leu 50 du 25 avril 1990, N°65 et de la vente NAC 18 du 29 mars 2000, N°320 et de la vente NAC 54 du 24 mars 2010, N°462
7.24g - Cal. 2119 - BMC p. 411 note † (cet exemplaire cité)
FDC Exceptionnel - GEM MS
This type can be quite precisely dated, as it commemorates the accession of Marcus Aurelius, and his association of Lucius Verus as co-emperor. The succession of Hadrian (b. in January 76) was an issue, as he did not have any recognized child. In AD 136, he chose Lucius Ceionius Commodus (b. in January 101) who was renamed Lucius Aelius Caesar, but Aelius was then promoted governor of Pannonia, and he died there of tuberculosis in January AD 138. Hadrian then chose a new heir, Marcus Catilius Severus (i.e. Marcus Aurelius, b. in April 111), but he was then too young to rule. Finally, Hadrian decided on Aurelius’ uncle Titus Aurelius Fulvus Boionus Arrius Antoninus (i.e. Antoninus Pius, b. in September 86), shortly before his own death in July AD 138, but with the condition that Antoninus would adopt both his nephew and Aelius’s son Lucius Ceionius Commodus (i.e.
Lucius Verus, b. in December 130). Aurelius and Verus became co-emperor on 8 March AD 161; Aurelius’s daughter Lucilla was promised to Verus in order to strengthen their links (the wedding only took place in AD 164 – once she was 15), and this coin cel- ebrating the CONCORDIAE AVGVSTORI – The Harmony between the Augusts – was certainly struck in the following months.

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