Lucius Verus                    161 - 169 A.D.


Sharing the title of Augustus with his brother Marcus Aurelius, history records Verus in a less-than-glowing light. Although an intelligent and handsome man, he didn't seem much interested in political or military affairs. Going through the motions, he followed his war generals who did the dirty work while it was noted he enjoyed a hedonistic lifestyle on the road complete with a traveling theater and frequent banquets to entertain him. It was on the return of one of these battles that he died after a stroke. Consensus holds that his greatest accomplishment was, unflatteringly enough, that he delegated administrative duties to his much more capable brother.


AR Denarius and Marcus Aurelius

18 mm.

Obv. ANTONINVS AVGVR/III VIR R P C: Galley with four oarsmen and sweeps of oars

going left over the waves; helmsman seated

left, on right

Rev. ANTONINVS ET VERVS AVG REST/LEG VI: Standards and eagle, no

Victory on standard on right

BMC 501, RIC 443

AR Denarius 161--169 A.D.

18 mm.

Obv. L VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS: Laureate head right

Rev. TR P VI IMP IIII COS II: Victory standing right, hanging shield inscribed VIC

AVG from palm tree (164 A.D.)

C. 224, Van Meter 34/3