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    Armenian Victory Celebrated

    Lucius Verus (AD 161-169). AV aureus (20mm, 7.29 gm, 6h).  Rome, December AD 163 - early 164. L VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Verus right / TR P IIII IMP II COS II, Victory, half-draped, standing right, placing on a palm tree a shield inscribed VIC / AVG. RIC (Aurelius) 525. BMCRE (Aurelius) 296 note. Cohen --. Calicó 2177 (these dies). Well struck from fresh dies and fully lustrous. NGC (photo-certificate) Choice MS 5/5 - 5/5, Fine Style.

    From The Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection. Ex Spink (London, December 1992), lot 234. 

    When Antoninus died in March, AD 161, Marcus Aurelius insisted that the Senate also grant his adoptove brother Lucius Verus the title of Augustus, for the first time giving the Empire two theoretically coequal rulers.  Marcus also betrothed his daughter Lucilla to Lucius, further cementing their family ties. The arrangement was immediately put to the test in AD 162, when the Parthians attacked Rome's eastern provinces. Lucius traveled eastward at the head of a large legionary task force to repulse the invasion and restore order. His generals served him well and the Parthians were quickly expelled from Armenia,winning Lucius the title Armeniacus. The following year, Roman forces counter-invaded and captured the Parthian capital of Ctesiphon, winning Lucius the title Parthicus Maximus. He received a hero's welcome in Rome in AD 166 and basked in the glow of a triumph. 

    All Roman gold coins from the Dimitriadis Collection have been issued a photo-certificate by NGC. These may be sent in for encapsulation after the auction at the request of the buyer, free of charge. Please e-mail SamS@HA.com if you would like to utilize this option.


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