161-169 AD Lucius Verus Gold Aureus NGC MS Strike 5/5 Surface 4/5

$47,250.00 USD

Coin ID: 3988024-002

Lucius Verus Gold Aureus, 7.26g. Rv. Pax stg., ex Hirsch 29 (1910), 1101

Rare Type, Pedigreed to 1910.

Bold and beautiful high relief devices grace both the obverse and reverse of this lustrous Mint State example. While NGC has graded 72 gold coins of Lucius Verus, it is estimated that only a handful are of this incredibly rare, Pax standing (goddess of Peace) reverse type exist.

Pedigreed to 1910 Hirsch auction 29, with longstanding history, this coin is a stunning example from this adopted son of Antoninus Pius and co-emperor with Marcus Aurelius. Lucius Verus came to power with adopted brother Marcus Aurelius.

Marcus Aurelius demanded that if he were to become Caesar, that Lucius must also rule with him, making Lucius Verus and Marcus Aurelius the first Co-Emperors of Rome.

Lucius was known for his love of gambling, chariot-racing, and enjoying the pleasantries of actors, especially women. Quite enamored with himself, he was even rumored to have sprinkled gold dust into his hair to accent his blonde locks. He was the perfect foil to Marcus Aurelius, taking on and defeating the Parthians, which later became known as the Parthian War of Lucius Verus. A statue commemorating his victory was eventually created and today stands in the Ephesos Museum in Vienna.