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161 NGC MS Lucilla Roman Empire Denarius Venus Victrix Mint State (18092502C)

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  • Roman Empire Denarius, 3.57g, RIC 787, 161-169 CE.

  • Certified by NGC to MS, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5.

  • Lustrous surfaces! 

  • Obverse: LUCILLA AVGVSTA, draped bust right.

  • Reverse: VENVS VICTRIX, Venus standing left holding Victory, leaning on shield with helmet under shield.

  • Annia Aurelia Galeria Lucilla or Lucilla (March 7, 148 or 150–182) was the second daughter and third child of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius and Roman Empress Faustina the Younger and an elder sister to later Emperor Commodus. Commodus ordered Lucilla's execution after a failed assassination and coup attempt when she was about 33 years old.

  • In 161, when she was between 11 and 13 years old, Lucilla's father arranged a marriage for her with his co-ruler Lucius Verus. Verus, 18 years her senior, became her husband three years later in Ephesus in 164. At this marriage, she received her title of Augusta and became a Roman Empress. At the same time, Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus were fighting a Parthian war in Syria.

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