Reigned 161-180ad

MARCVS AELIVS AVRELIVS VERVS, born Marcus Annius Verus in 121 at Rome to Domitia Lucilla and Annius Verus, had his name changed when he was adopted by his uncle Antoninus Pius in 138. He married Faustina Jr. in 145, and became Augustus after Pius died on March 7, 161. He then made Lucius Verus his co-ruler. Aurelius' reign was one of constant warfare, most of which he personally directed after 167 (Verus died in 169). He had nearly achieved total victory along the Danube when he died at Vienna on March 17, 180 after a brief illness. He was deified and buried in Hadrian's Tomb.(Excerpt from MONETA, from

AR Denarius (18mm 2.92g) Struck 140-144ad Rome as Caesar

Obv:AVRELIVS CAES AVG PII F COS Barehead right, nice set of curls!!

Rev:PIETAS AVG Knife, sprinkler, ewer, lituus, and simpulum (priestly implements)

RIC-424a (pius)


AR Denarius (18.5mm 3.69g) Struck 168 A.D. Rome

Obv: M ANTONINVS AVG ARM PARTH MAX Laureate head right

Rev: TR P XXII IMP IIII COS III Aequitas standing left, holding scales and cornucpoia

RIC III 178 Cohen 892 Sears 4936 var


AE Sestertius (30mm 20.32g) Struck 176-177ad Rome

Obv: M ANTONINVS AVG GERM SARM TR P XXXI laureate head right

Rev IMP VIII COS III P P S C pile of arms DE GERMANIS in exergue

RIC III 1184



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