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ID number:  BIRBI-R1275
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  G. Haines Collection
Collector:  Haines, Geoffrey
Maker:  Marcus Aurelius (161-180)
Denomination:  Sestertius
Place made:  Mint of Rome
Culture:  Roman
Date made:  161-180
Metal:  Brass
Weight (g):  25.36

Description:  Obverse: Bust of Lucilla.
Reverse: Vesta, veiled standing at an altar, holding simpulum and palladium.

Lucilla was the daughter of Emperor Marcus Aurelius and the wife of Emperor Lucius Verus. When Lucilla married Lucius Verus in 164 she was granted the title of Augusta. The depiction of Lucilla on a coin shows the importance of the imperial family at this time, and Lucilla in particular as a link between the families of the co-emperors. Following the death of Marcus Aurelius Lucilla lived in Rome with her second husband Tiberius Claudius Pompeianus. In 182 she plotted with members of her family to kill Commodus and make her husband emperor. The plot failed and after executing all of the male members of the conspiracy Commodus exiled his sister and her daughter to Capri. They were executed soon after.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: LVCILLAEAVG ANTONINIAVGF (To Lucilla Augusta, Daughter of Antoninus Augustus)
Reverse: VESTA S C (by permission of the Senate)

Bibliography:  Mattingly, H, and Sydenham, E. The Roman Imperial Coinage Vol III, Antoninus Pius to Commodus (London 1962) Coin 1179.

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Whitting, Philip David
Haines, Geoffrey Colton
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