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    A King For Armenia

    Lucius Verus (AD 161-169). AV aureus (20mm, 7.30 gm, 12h). Rome, AD 163-164. L VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS, bare head of Verus right  / TR P IIII IMP II COS II, Verus seated left on curule chair set on raised platform, joined by Roman officer and Praetorian guardsman; Verus reaches out with right hand toward figure of King Soahemus, standing to left before platform and raising his right hand toward his head; in exergue,  REX ARMEN DAT. RIC (Aurelius) 512. Calic├│ 2154. Cohen 158. BMCRE (Aurelius) 300. A glorious example of this attractive, evocative and historical type, with a magnificent portrait in sculptural high relief and blazing surfaces. NGC Choice MS 5/5 - 5/5, Fine Style.

    When Marcus Aurelius succeeded Antoninus as Roman Emperor in AD 161, he 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.  The arrangement was immediately put to the test in AD 162, when the Parthians attacked Rome's eastern provinces, deposing the pro-Roman king of Armenia, Soahemus. 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. This stunning aureus depicts the climactic event of that campaign, late in AD 163 or early 164, with Lucius restoring the kingship of Armenia on Soahemus, which he would hold until AD 186.

     




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