Aelius, Caesar under Hadrian, 137 AD.
In 136, Aelius was adopted by an aging and ailing Hadrian and made caesar, successor to the throne. He had no military experience but had served as a senator and had powerful political connections. He was never to become emperor, dying before Hadrian, on 1 January 138
Obverse: L AELIVS CAESAR, bare head right
Reverse: TR POT COS II S C, SALVS (in ex), Salus seated on throne left, with patera in right, feeding snake rising from altar, left elbow on back of chair
RIC 1035; Sear 3941.
This museum quality reproduction was made from impressions of the original coin by Peter Rosa.
Diameter: 31 mm
Copper plated, lead free pewter, hand finished patina, made in the USA.
Packaged in a coin collecting flip with the description of coin printed on flip insert.