Hadrian appointed Aelius as his Caesar to succeed him but died of
illness shortly before his own death. Aelius would probably have made a fine
emperor as he was well liked by Roman citizens and was a capable military
AR Dupondius 136--138 A.D.
Obv. L. AELIVS CAESAR: Bare head right
Rev. TR POT COS II S C: Spes walking left, holding flower and hitching skirt