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CNG 111, Lot: 730. Estimate $7500.
Sold for $6001. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Lucius Verus. AD 161-169. AV Aureus (19mm, 7.07 g, 6h). Rome mint. Struck AD 161. IMP CΛES L ΛVREL VERVS ΛVG, laureate head right / CONCORDIAE AVGVSTOR TR P, COS II in exergue, Lucius Verus and Marcus Aurelius, togate, standing vis-à-vis, clasping hands, each holding a volumen. RIC III 451 (Aurelius); MIR 18, 15-12/30; Calicó 2112; BMCRE 32 note (Aurelius and Verus); Biaggi 949-50 var. (bust type); Jameson –; Mazzini –. Near EF, light toning over residual luster.


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.