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    Aelius Caesar (AD 136-138). AR denarius (3.23 gm). Rome, AD 137. L AELIVS CAESAR, bare head of Aelius right / TR POT COS II, Spes advancing left, holding flower and raising hem of skirt. RIC 435. BMC 979. RSC 55. Extremely fine.

    L. Aelius Verus was adopted as the son and designated successor of the emperor Hadrian in AD 136. He was not a particularly brilliant choice as he was in ill health and had no military experience, although he did have senatorial political connections. His lack of any outstanding qualifications led to rumors that he was Hadrian's illegitimate son, but this seems unlikely. He died shortly before Hadrian in 138, forcing Hadrian to find another heir in the person of Antoninus Pius. Lucius Verus, the son of Aelius, was adopted by Antoninus and eventually became co-emperor with Marcus Aurelius.

    From The W.B. and R. E. Montgomery Collection.


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