Although Lucius had no military experience, he had served as a senator, and had powerful political connections; however, he was in poor health. In 136 he was adopted by Hadrian and named heir to the throne - much to the surprise of everyone.
To strengthen his position, he was sent to the frontier to acquire more military experience. After a year's stationing on the Danube frontier, Aelius returned to Rome to make an address to the senate on the first day of 138. The night before the speech, however, he grew ill, and died of a haemorrhage.
Reverse: TR POT COS II, Concordia seated facing left, holding patera and resting arm on cornucopia; CONCORD in exergue
Die Orientation: 6 H
Weight: 2.86 g
Reverse: Homonoia half left, holding cornucopia and patera over altar; ΔHMEΞO_V_C VΠAT B
Die Orientation: -
Weight: 12.5 g