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430, Lot: 379. Estimate $500.
Sold for $750. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lucius Verus. AD 161-169. Æ Sestertius (32.5mm, 25.60 g, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 161. Laureate head right / CONCORD ΛVGVSTOR TR P, Marcus Aurelius standing right, holding volumen and Lucius Verus standing left, vis-à-vis, clasping right hands; S C across field, COS II in exergue. RIC III 1284 (Aurelius); MIR 18, 16-16/30; Banti 21. VF, dark green and brown patina with tan high points. Attractive.

Hadrian, childless and without either a successor or heir, chose Lucius Ceionius Commodus as his adopted son in AD 136, and renamed him as Lucius Aelius Caesar. Aelius was sent to the Roman province of Pannonia to serve as governor, where he died of tuberculosis in AD 138. Hadrian now made his second choice for his heir, Titus Aurelius Fulvus Boionius Antoninus. Hadrian actually wanted Marcus Aurelius to succeed him on the throne, but realized that Aurelius was far too young, so instead he went with the highly respected Antoninus. As a condition of his adoption, and to ensure an orderly line of succession, Antoninus Pius adopted both his nephew, Marcus Aurelius, and Aelius Caesar’s son, Lucius. The relatively young Lucius would change his name to Lucius Aelius Aurelius Commodus, but he would later drop Commodus and add Verus after ascending to the throne, along with his adoptive brother and co-ruler Marcus Aurelius. The present type depicts the two “brothers” and co-rulers clasping hands with an inscription noting the “harmony” between the two Augusti.