When Bruttia Crispina, the teenage daughter of twice Consul Gaius Bruttius Praesens and his wive Valeria, married the 16 year old Commodus in the summer of 178, she immediately received the title Augusta and thus became the sole empress of the Roman Empire, as the previous empress and wife of the Senior Emperor Marcus Aurelius, Faustina the Younger, had died three years before. It was Marcus himself who had arranged the marriage of his son to crispina, who was not only described as being a graceful person with a susceptible heart, but also brought a dowry of a large number of estates in Lucania. Crispina´s images fall into two portrait types. The first type, which we see here, comemorates her marrige to Commodus in 178 AD, whereas Crispina´s second type marks Commodus´s accession in AD 180. The hairstyle here is similar to that of Faustina minor in the 1st figurative type. In place of the loosely hanging hairline bows we see a heavy rolled plaid which is parted over the center of the forehead and surrounds the face. The plaits on the side of the head are four or five in number and are drawn up into a large bun which cobers much of the back of her head. The ears are left uncovered. Crispina´s forehead is straight, her eyes long and almond-shaped, her nose short, and her mouth small and full. A visual feature of her youthfulness is the uncovered neck. This coiffure is a precursor to the hair styles of the wife and daughter of Didius Julianus, Manlia Scantilla and Didia Clara, as well es the "helmet cuts" of Julia Domna and Plautilla. CRISPINA AVGVSTA - Draped bust of Crispina right. SALVS S C - Salus seated left, holding patera from which she feeds snake coiled around altar, resting arm on back of chair Sestertius, Rome, ca. AD 178-180 22,16 gr / 30 mm RIC (Commodus) 672a; Cohen 33; BMCRE (Commodus) 420; MIR 18, 16-6a; Sear 6010, Banti 14 (21 specimens) ex J. Alan Seeger Collection; CNG 76, 12.09.2007, lot 3330; ex Tom Cederlind Crispina did not seem to have any significant political influence over her husband during his bizarre reign. Her marriage failed to produce an heir due to her husband's inability, which led to a dynastic succession crisis. Crispina was falsely charged with adultry by her husband and was banished to the island of Capri, where she executed in 192, only months before the murder of Commodus. Her downfall was not connected to that of Lucilla as was once thought. The proportion of the coinage struck for the empress fell significantly under Commodus, so Sestertii of Crispina are surprisingly scarce as compared to the other Antonine empresses. This Sestertius´ previous owner, Dr. John Alan Seeger (1929-2010), was a member of the American Numismatic Society for almost 60 years and started assembling his collection in the late 1940s. My Crispina later went through the hands of dealer Thomas Bentley Cederlind (1959-2015), whose ticket came with it: Please post your Crispinas, theories about the dating her coins, or any extra info you might have about my coin´s provenance.