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    Fine Style Choice Mint State Armenian Victory Issue

    Lucius Verus (AD 161-169). AV aureus (19mm, 7.26 gm, 5h). NGC Choice MS 5/5 - 5/5, Fine Style. Rome, December AD 163-early AD 164. L•VERVS AVG-ARMENIACVS, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Lucius Verus right, seen from behind / TR P IIII•IMP II COS II, Victory standing facing, head right, half-draped, placing on a palm tree a shield inscribed VIC / AVG. RIC III (Marcus Aurelius) 525. Calicó 2177 (these dies). Perfectly struck from fresh dies on fully lustrous flan.

    Ex Andre Constantine Dimitriadis Collection (Heritage Auction 3032, CICF, 10 April 2014), lot 23610; Spink (London, December 1992), lot 234.

    When Antoninus Pius died in March, AD 161, Marcus Aurelius insisted that the Senate also grant his adoptive 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.

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