I have always wanted one of these

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  1. bcuda

    bcuda Supporter! Supporter

    Always wanted one of these, picked it up today just wish it had more of the legend on it.

    Commodus in lion skin cape with Hercules club on back.


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  3. Suarez

    Suarez Well-Known Member

    Definitely a design that stood out in its day from the mundane. Just the way Commodus would have liked it, I'm sure!
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  4. Mat

    Mat Ancient Coincoholic

    That's a nicer example of the type, usually, they're pretty crummy looking.
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  5. Nicholas Molinari

    Nicholas Molinari Well-Known Member

    Great coin with or without the complete legend.
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  6. Ancient Aussie

    Ancient Aussie Supporter! Supporter

    Very nice indeed, a type I hope to purchase one day.
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  7. Nicholas Molinari

    Nicholas Molinari Well-Known Member

    I say that to myself way too often :)
  8. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    That is way better than the other examples I've seen. Late Commodus denarii are usually pretty poorly struck. I'd love to have that one! Good catch.
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  9. Curtisimo

    Curtisimo the Great(ish)

    I also think this is a fascinating type. Great addition @bcuda . Here is my example I acquired ex Stoecklin Collection.
    Roman Empire
    Commodus (AD 177-192)
    AR Denarius, Rome mint, struck ca. AD 192
    Dia.: 17 mm
    Wt.: 2.66 g
    Obv.: L AEL AVREL COMMA VG P FEL; Commodus bust right wearing lion skin on head.
    Rev.: HER-CVL RO-MAN AV-GV; Club in wreath
    Ref.: RIC III 251, Scarce
    Ex W.F. Stoecklin Collection. Acquired in the 1960s from Prof. L. De Nicola in Rome

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  10. Bing

    Bing Illegitimi non carborundum Supporter

    Me too and I agree. It's a nice enough example, but the complete legend would make it better.
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  11. Roman Collector

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    That's a lovely example, @bcuda !
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  13. Terence Cheesman

    Terence Cheesman Supporter! Supporter

    I got one recently commodusd3.jpg
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  15. Marsman

    Marsman Well-Known Member

    Great coins. This is mine :)

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  16. Cucumbor

    Cucumbor Dombes collector Supporter

    I can see everyone but me has got one !!!

    It would fit nicely with the Herculi Romano sestertius of his my grandad found in 1915 at Verdun battle (you all know the story)

    Commodus, Sestertius - Rome mint, AD 192
    L AEL AVREL CO---MM AVG P FEL, Laureate head of Commodus right
    HERCVLI ROMANO AVG, Hercules facing, head left, holding club and lion's skin, resting on trophy. SC in field
    21,01 gr
    Ref : RCV #5752, Cohen #203, BMC # 314. RIC # 640.

    This is the very first roman coin I have ever possessed, gift from my grand father who found it digging a trench at Verdun battle during WWI

    The following comment is taken from the description of a similar example (in far much better condition) in NAC auction 54, # 477 :
    Few Roman coins excite as much commentary as those of Commodus, which show him possessed of Hercules. Not only do they present an extraordinary image, but they offer incontrovertible support to the literary record. The reports of Commodus’ megalomania and infatuation with Hercules are so alarming and fanciful that if the numismatic record was not there to confirm, modern historians would almost certainly regard the literary record as an absurd version of affairs, much in the way reports of Tiberius’ depraved behaviour on Capri are considered to be callous exaggerations. Faced with such rich and diverse evidence, there can be no question that late in his life Commodus believed that Hercules was his divine patron. Indeed, he worshipped the demigod so intensely that he renamed the month of September after him, and he eventually came to believe himself to be an incarnation of the mythological hero. By tradition, Hercules had fashioned his knotted club from a wild olive tree that he tore from the soil of Mount Helicon and subsequently used to kill the lion of Cithaeron when he was only 18 years old. Probably the most familiar account of his bow and arrows was his shooting of the Stymphalian birds while fulfilling his sixth labour. The reverse inscription HERCVLI ROMANO AVG (‘to the August Roman Hercules’) makes the coin all the more interesting, especially when put into context with those of contemporary coins inscribed HERCVLI COMMODO AVG, which amounts to a dedication ‘to Hercules Commodus Augustus’.

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