AR Denarius of Lucilla
money; coins (money)
This silver coin features an image of Augusta Lucilla, daughter of former Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius and granddaughter of Antoninus Pius, both among the "Five Good Emperors." Lucilla was a child bride to her father’s co-ruler, Lucius Verus, making her Empress at the age of eleven. Lucilla’s younger brother, Commodus, often behaved erratically, which concerned Lucilla when he served as emperor with their father - and Commodus had her killed over her concerns. The reverse side features Venus Victrix, holding a statue of Victory, while leaning against a shield. Venus Victrix was a powerful woman like Lucilla.
Lucilla, Empress of Rome
Sear 5492; RIC 3-786
ARTH250 (Professor V. Rousseau, Fall 2021)
University Art Collection, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul)