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169 NGC Ch VF Lucius Verus Roman Empire Funeral Pyre Denarius Consecration Aurelius (20083003C)

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  • Choice Very Fine Emperor Lucius Verus Roman Empire silver denarius coin.
  • Struck 169 CE, RIC 596b, RSC 58.
  • Commemorative deification issue authorized by Emperor Marcus Aurelius for Lucius Verus after his death in Jan 169.  
  • Certified by NGC to Ch VF.
  • Obverse: DIVVS VERVS, bare head right.
  • Reverse: CONSECRATIO, funeral pyre of four tiers adorned with statues and hangings with quadriga on top.
  • Consecratio: The Imperial cult of ancient Rome identified emperors and some members of their families with the divinely sanctioned authority (auctoritas) of the Roman State. Its framework was based on Roman and Greek precedents, and was formulated during the early Principate of Augustus.A deceased emperor held worthy of the honor could be voted a state divinity (divus, plural divi) by the Senate and elevated as such in an act of apotheosis. The granting of apotheosis served religious, political and moral judgment on Imperial rulers and allowed living Emperors to associate themselves with a well-regarded lineage of Imperial divi from which unpopular or unworthy predecessors were excluded.