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Why order this Roman Empire AD 161-169 Silver Denarius of Lucius Verus?
Lucius Verus served as the co-emperor of Rome along with his adoptive, better known brother, Marcus Aurelius. It marked the first co-rule of the empire. The two had relatively minor differences, and their rule stood out among reigns for its acceptance of free speech. Comedians felt free to criticize the two without fear of retribution, something that would not have been possible during any other reign. After a tenure that included war in the east and crises, such as flooding, in Rome, Verus fell ill in 168 AD and succumbed to his illness the following year. At the time, his illness was attributed to food poisoning, although some modern scholars think that it was likely smallpox. Lucius Verus was deified by the Senate and mourned by his brother following his death. Own a coin minted during the reigns of one of Rome's most popular emperors with this Silver Denarius of Lucius Verus.
Powerful Mars Design
The draped and cuirassed bust of Lucius Verus serves as the obverse design. Rim inscriptions to the sides of of his portrait say, "L VERVS AVG ARMENIACVS" (Lucius Verus, Augustus, Conqueror of the Armenians).
Mars, the Roman god of war, stands facing right on the reverse. He holds his spear in his right hand and balances his shield with his left. He is joined by inscriptions that read, "TR P IIII IMP II COS II" (Tribune of the People, Emperor, Twice Consul).
Well Maintained VF
This coin remains in Very Fine condition over 18 centuries after it was first struck according to Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). To receive a VF grade, a coin must have sharp letters and digits and at least moderate design details.
Add this 161-169 AD Roman Empire Lucius Verus Silver Denarius to your collection today.
|Year of Issue:||AD 161-169|
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Few ancient coins are as recognizable as the Roman denarius. This small silver coin carries massive historical significance. Produced from 211 BC until the middle of the 3rd century AD, this denomination served as the backbone of Roman coinage and was the inspiration behind many later European coins. ModernCoinMart carries a very large selection of these denarii, at very affordable prices!