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Coin - Aureus of Lucius Verus

Aureus of Lucius Verus

  • Object:

    Coin

  • Place of origin:

    Rome (made)

  • Date:

    164-169 AD (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Gold

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mr George Salting

  • Museum number:

    A.691-1910

  • Gallery location:

    Medieval & Renaissance, Room 8, The William and Eileen Ruddock Gallery, case 13

The obverse of this coin shows Annia Aurelia Galeria Lucilla, the second daughter of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius. Around AD 164 she married Lucius Verus, who was co-Emperor of Rome with Marcus Aurelius, and thereby became Empress of Rome until the death of her husband in 169.
The coins of Lucilla, were struck during the reign of her father Marcus Aurelius: he ruled from 161 to his death in 180. Such coins served both as currency and as a means to spread far and wide the name and image of Imperial rulers.

Physical description

Gold coin. On the obverse: Inscription. Head of Lucilla to right. On the reverse: Inscription. Venus draped, holding an apple and a sceptre.

Place of Origin

Rome (made)

Date

164-169 AD (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Gold

Marks and inscriptions

'LVCILLAE AVG. ANTONINI AVG. F'

Reverse: VENVS
Obverse

'V E NVS'
reverse

Dimensions

Diameter: 2.03 cm, Weight: 7.27 g

Object history note

From the Salting bequest.

Historical context note

Annia Aurelia Galeria Lucilla was the second daughter of the Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius and Faustina the Younger. Around AD 164 she married Lucius Verus, who was co-Emperor of Rome with Marcus Aurelius, and thereby became Empress of Rome until the death of her husband in 169. She later remarried but was exiled to Capri and then executed in about 183 for her part in a plot against her brother Commodus, who had succeeded his father Marcus as Emperor in 182.

The coins of Lucilla - other examples of this type survive, such as one in the Museum of London - were struck during the reign of her father Marcus Aurelius: he ruled from 161 to his death in 180. This coin, then, must have been made during ca. 164-169. These coins served both as ordinary coins and as a means to spread far and wide the name and image of Imperial rulers.

Descriptive line

Coin, gold, of Lucilla, Empress of Rome (died ca. 183), Roman, struck ca. 164-169 AD

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 114

Materials

Gold

Techniques

Struck

Subjects depicted

Apple

Categories

Coins & Medals; Sculpture; Myths & Legends

Collection

Sculpture Collection

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