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    Verus As Victor

    Lucius Verus (AD 161-169). AV aureus (20mm, 7.31 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 --. Calic├│ 2177. Well struck from fresh dies and fully lustrous. NGC Choice MS 5/5 - 5/5, Fine Style.

    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. It has been theorized that Marcus intended Verus to serve as the handsome "public face" of the government while he himself retained most of the actual duties. 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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