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    Needle-Sharp Verus

    Lucius Verus (AD 161-169). AV aureus (19mm, 7.21 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. in two lines RIC (Aurelius) 525. BMCRE (Aurelius) 296 note. Calic├│ 2177. With gorgeous, lustrous surfaces and needle-sharp detail. NGC MS 5/5 - 3/5, Fine Style, edge marks.

    In AD 164, Roman forces 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. But returning troops brought with them a virulent plague which spread rapidly through the populace. At the same time, the Germanic barbarians of the north attacked the weakened Rhine and Danube frontiers, prompting another military crisis. In the spring of AD 169, Marcus and Lucius moved  into the Balkans to boost the army's flagging morale, but another outbreak of plague in the region brought the imperial cortege to a halt. At the northern Italian city of Altinum, Lucius fell into an epileptic fit and died at the age of 38. His sensuous nature contrasts poorly with the dutiful character of Marcus Aurelius, but he seems to have had a good heart and was sincerely mourned by Marcus and the populace. Lucius Verus' striking features lend themselves well to coin portraits, which are among the most attractive in the Roman series, as seen on this striking gold aureus celebrating his Parthian victories. 


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