AR Denarius. 3.34g, 17.6mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 136-138
REF: RIC 1024 (Hadrian)
OBVERSE: L AELIVS CAESAR, bare head right.
REVERSE: TR POT COS II, Spes advancing left, holding up flower in right hand and raising skirt with left.
Very Fine. Nice, old collection toning.
In 136, an illness-plagued and childless Emperor Hadrian adopted Lucius Aelius as his heir. While Aelius had no military experience, he was a senator, came from a distinguished family, and was said to have been very handsome. Unfortunately, the 34-year old Aelius was also not in good health, and a little over a year after his being appointed Caesar, he died of a brain haemorrhage. While Aelius never became emperor, his son, Lucius Verus, joined the line of imperial succession when Antoninius Pius ascended the throne in 138 when Hadrian died. Verus would become co-emperor with Marcus Aurelius when Pius died in 161.
AELIUS, Caesar . AD 136-138 . AR Denarius . Original adopted heir of Hadrian
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