help with ID of Roman Imperial bronze

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by rrdenarius, Feb 27, 2024.

  1. rrdenarius

    rrdenarius non omnibus dormio Supporter

    A friend sold me an ancient coin at a local coin club meeting. It was in a flip with no info. The obverse has a man with a scraggly beard & head band. The reverse has someone seated with a patera. I figured ID would be easy. Roman Imperial bronzes are not my thing. I find some close matches, but no firm ID. Can someone here give me a hand?
    mike d coin obv a 1.12.2024.jpg mike d coin rev a 1.12.2024.jpg
     
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  3. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Commodus would be my guess. Size and weight?
     
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  4. rrdenarius

    rrdenarius non omnibus dormio Supporter

    Commodus was my first guess, but I do not see a letter match in the upper right side of the obverse: ... DARTPE (space over head) / ...
    21.85 grams
    25.5 x 28 x 5, thick, mm
     
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  5. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark all my best friends are dead Romans Dealer

    it's ANT P F
     
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  6. Kentucky

    Kentucky Supporter! Supporter

    ...close :)
     
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  7. romismatist

    romismatist Well-Known Member

    looks like a sestertius based on module (they were often square)
     
  8. The Meat man

    The Meat man Well-Known Member

    It's definitely a sestertius of Commodus. I can't say exactly which type right now (I'm at work) but the portrait indicates a later date, maybe early 190's.
     
  9. Victor_Clark

    Victor_Clark all my best friends are dead Romans Dealer

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    Commodus 188-189. M COMMODVS ANT P FELIX AVG BRIT Laureate head of Commodus to right. Rev. SECVRIT ORB P M TR P XIIII IMP VIII / COS V P P / S C Securitas seated left on throne, holding globe in her right hand. RIC 529.
     
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  10. rrdenarius

    rrdenarius non omnibus dormio Supporter

    Victor, you are faster than me.
    Commodus Securitas Sesterce CGB.jpg
    I found one in Vcoins that looks like the one you posted.
    COMMODUS Augustus Sesterce 189 Rome R1 copper
    Obverse : M COMMOD ANT P FE-LIX AVG BRIT P P Tête laurée de Commode à droite (O*)
    Reverse : SECVRIT ORB P M TR P XIIII IMP VIII COS V/ S|C// DES VI Securitas (la Sécurité) drapée, assise à gauche, tenant un globe de la main droite et accoudée du bras gauche sur son siège
    Commentary : Monnaie idéalement centrée présentant un joli portrait de Commode. Usure plus importante au revers. Patine vert foncé
    State/Grade: VF
    Weight (g): 28,04; 30mm; 11h
    Material: copper
    Catalog number: C.699 RIC.545 RIC.545 SIR.333 MIR.18/789 /6. 30 BMC/RE.640
     
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  11. mikebell

    mikebell Active Member

    Victor was close, you have nailed it. Good stuff.
     
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  12. Cheech9712

    Cheech9712 Every thing is a guess

    That was fun. Nice thread
     
  13. Blake Davis

    Blake Davis Well-Known Member

    Commodus it is, Securitas - among the most common bronze types of Caracalla, although that is a bit of a non-sequitur
     
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  14. Blake Davis

    Blake Davis Well-Known Member

    I wish I knew what I meant by that!
     
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