Featured Lucius Aelius Caesar and the adoptive emperors

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  1. Limes

    Limes Well-Known Member

    Although it sounds like a band from the 60's or something, the stakes were high when Hadrianus suffered braindamage (or something like that) in 136 AD and decided to adopt Aelius as his heir. This, to the suprise and against the whishes of all those involved. Lucius Aelius Caesar never lived long enough to enjoy the purple though, as he died in 138 AD. Ouch... And this necessitated Hadrian to adopt future emperor Antoninus Pius, who in turn had to adopt Lucius Verus - son of Aelius - and Marcus Aurelius - great-nephew of Hadrian by marriage - as part of the deal. Lucius Verus however was due to the same fate as his father, although he did manage to co-rule with Marcus Aurelius for about 8 years.

    With the denarius shown below added to my collection, I managed to complete one of my collecting goals: completing the Nerva-Antonine dynasty in silver. Aelius coins are not that rare, but I had to wait for quite a while to find a specimen that was within my price range and acceptable quality-wise.
    On the reverse of the coin one can see Salus standing, feeding a snake. Salus was the goddess of health, safety and welfare of the state and the individual. As Aelius was in bad shape health-wise , a better reverse could not be thought of. Ironically the behaviour of Aelius had little to do with a long and healthy lifestyle for which he probably invoked the goddess, as he was addicted to luxery and "the pleasures of the table" (quote from Sear, I like this one).

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    With this denarius, one of my collection goals comes to an end. Not to worry though, other denominations are to be collected of the Nerva-Antonine dynasty of course, and some specimens need an upgrade, fast. Nevertheless, happy with the results, I created a digital tray of the emperors in silver.

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    Please post your Aelius coins, and/or your adoptive emperor collection.
     
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  3. TIF

    TIF Always learning. Supporter

    Coingratulations on the completion of your desired set!

    I don't have Aelius in an Imperial but I do have this beautiful tetradrachm-- an amazing gift from my 2018 Secret Santa:

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    EGYPT, Alexandria. Aelius
    137 CE
    Billon tetradrachm; 23 mm, 13.16 gm
    Obv: ΛAIΛIOCKAICAP; bare head right
    Rev: ΔHM EΞOVC VΠAT B; Homonoia standing left, holding cornucopiae and patera over garlanded altar
    Ref: Köln 1271; Milne 1539; Emmett 1350.2
    Ex John A. Seeger Collection
    Gift from my CoinTalk Secret Saturn, 2018 (@Theodosius)

     
  4. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter Roma Invicta

    Congrats on achieving your goal of completing the good/adoptive emperors. Soon afterwards the historian Cassius Dio would comment that "for our history now descends from a kingdom of gold to one of iron and rust" referring to the Severan era and early third century problems that beset the empire.
     
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  5. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    Congrats on the completion.

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    Aelius (136 - 138 A.D.)
    AR Denarius
    O: L AELIVS CAESAR, bare head right.
    R: TR POT COS II, Felicitas standing left, caduceus in left, cornucopia in right.
    Rome Mint, 137 A.D.
    3.16g
    18mm
    SRCV II 3973, RIC II Hadrian 430, RSC II 50, BMCRE III Hadrian 969
     
  6. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Marvelous set! Here's a humble sestertius of the man!

    Aelius Spes sestertius.jpg
    Aelius, Caesar AD 136-138
    Roman orichalcum sestertius Rome, AD 137
    Obv: L AELIVS CAESAR, bare head, right
    Rev: TR POT COS II, Spes advancing left, holding flower and raising skirt
    Refs: RIC 1055; BMCRE 1914; Cohen 56; RCV 3986; UCR 825.
     
  7. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Nice collection, @Limes

    AELIUS

    RI Aelius Caesar 138 CE AE As 26mm Rome mint Fortuna-Spes cornucopia and rudder.jpg
    RI Aelius Caesar 138 CE AE As 26mm Rome mint Fortuna-Spes cornucopia and rudder
     
  8. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Congrats, very nice set, well done.

    my set:

    P1160704silver.jpg

    left Commodus out:

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    and only have a bronze Aelius:

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  9. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

  10. Pellinore

    Pellinore Supporter! Supporter

    Aelius, a dark horse to me. I still don’t have any coins of this rough-bearded gentleman. I’d like a nice AE provincial, but so far haven’t found Mr. Right.
     
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  11. zumbly

    zumbly Ha'ina 'ia mai ana ka puana Supporter

    Congrats on completing the set. Nice selection!

    Aelius - Pietas.jpg
    AELIUS
    AR Denarius. 3.6g, 18.3mm. Rome mint, AD 136-138. RIC II Hadrian 439a. O: L AELIVS CAESAR, bare head right. R: TR POT COS II, Pietas, veiled, standing right, dropping incense from right hand over altar right and holding box of incense in left; PIE-TAS in field.
     
  12. Clavdivs

    Clavdivs Well-Known Member

    Congrats! Really nice set!

    Here is my modest set in bronze... with an added Commodus.

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  13. Parthicus Maximus

    Parthicus Maximus Well-Known Member

    Wonderful Adoptive Emperors set @Limes. I like all your choices but the Antoninus Pius/Marcus Aurelius dynastic denarius is in my eyes the most special ( I love the type).
     
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  14. Limes

    Limes Well-Known Member

    Thank you all, for the kind words!

    Lovely set, my strive for the next years is to gather a nice set in bronze, pref. sestertii! And that Commodus is pretty neat!
     
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  15. Andres2

    Andres2 Well-Known Member

    Here's my bronze set except for the Trajan & Commodus all sestertii.

    P1160704.JPG
     
  16. Julius Germanicus

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  17. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    NERVA
    RI Nerva AE Dupondius 96-98 CE LIBERTAS PVBLICA -pileus TIF.jpg
    RI Nerva AE Dupondius 96-98 CE LIBERTAS PVBLICA -pileus TIF

    TRAJAN
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    RI AE As Trajan CE 98-117 26mm 11.0g Rome Laureate Draped - SENATVS POPVLVSQVE ROMANVS Victory R wreath palm S-C RIC 675

    HADRIAN
    RI Hadrian CE 117-138 AR Denarius Salus stdg feeding Snake.jpg
    RI Hadrian CE 117-138 AR Denarius Salus stdg feeding Snake

    AELIUS
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    RI Aelius Caesar 138 CE AE As 26mm Rome mint Fortuna-Spes cornucopia and rudder

    ANTONINUS PIUS
    RI Antoninus Pius 138-161 BCE AR Denarius.jpg
    RI Antoninus Pius 138-161 BCE AR Denarius

    MARCUS AURELIUS
    RI MARCUS AURELIUS AR Den as Caesar TR POT VI COS II - Genius stg at altar hldg standard.jpg
    RI MARCUS AURELIUS AR Den as Caesar TR POT VI COS II - Genius stg at altar hldg standard

    LUCIUS VERUS
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    RI Lucius Verus 161-169 CE AR Denarius Providentia globe cornucopiae RIC 253

    COMMODUS
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    RI Commodus 177-192 CE AR Denarius 17.7mm 2.42g Apollo Plectrum Lyre RIC 218 RSC 25 BMCRE 292 Rare Type
     
  18. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    NERVA
    RI Nerva AE Dupondius 96-98 CE LIBERTAS PVBLICA -pileus TIF.jpg
    RI Nerva AE Dupondius 96-98 CE LIBERTAS PVBLICA -pileus TIF

    TRAJAN
    upload_2019-11-4_10-23-14.png
    RI AE As Trajan CE 98-117 26mm 11.0g Rome Laureate Draped - SENATVS POPVLVSQVE ROMANVS Victory R wreath palm S-C RIC 675

    HADRIAN
    RI Hadrian CE 117-138 AR Denarius Salus stdg feeding Snake.jpg
    RI Hadrian CE 117-138 AR Denarius Salus stdg feeding Snake

    AELIUS
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    RI Aelius Caesar 138 CE AE As 26mm Rome mint Fortuna-Spes cornucopia and rudder

    ANTONINUS PIUS
    RI Antoninus Pius 138-161 BCE AR Denarius.jpg
    RI Antoninus Pius 138-161 BCE AR Denarius

    MARCUS AURELIUS
    RI MARCUS AURELIUS AR Den as Caesar TR POT VI COS II - Genius stg at altar hldg standard.jpg
    RI MARCUS AURELIUS AR Den as Caesar TR POT VI COS II - Genius stg at altar hldg standard

    LUCIUS VERUS
    RI Lucius Verus 161-169 CE AR Denarius Providentia globe cornucopiae RIC 253.jpg
    RI Lucius Verus 161-169 CE AR Denarius Providentia globe cornucopiae RIC 253

    COMMODUS
    upload_2019-11-4_10-27-8.png
    RI Commodus 177-192 CE AR Denarius 17.7mm 2.42g Apollo Plectrum Lyre RIC 218 RSC 25 BMCRE 292 Rare Type
     

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  19. chrsmat71

    chrsmat71 I LIKE TURTLES! Supporter

    That's a nice AR set you got there @Limes !

    I'm pretty weak with this gang, and have nothing of Nerva. I did luck into an Aelius drachm a ways back.


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    Aelius Caesar, 136-138 AD, AE drachm

    O: bust r. draped, R: Homonia seated on throne l., holding patera. A cornucopia at her side. Ref. Dattari 2076 BMC 923 Alexandria 33 mm, 22.1g
     
  20. dougsmit

    dougsmit Member Supporter

    Five good emperors on four fourrees:
    Nerva
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    Trajan
    rc1800bb0396.jpg
    Hadrian brockage
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    Antoninus Pius / Marcus Aurelius
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