Oh Boy, got a Commodus

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  1. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    Oh la la, got my first Commodus in Sestersius. The NL Auction going on now. Will try to post picture……
     
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  3. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

  4. ancient coin hunter

    ancient coin hunter 3rd Century Usurper

    Wow, quite a pick-up for the price. You should be very happy!
     
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  5. Roman Collector

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    That's a good deal, @Mammothtooth! Here's a sestertius from the last year of his life:

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    Commodus, AD 177-192.
    Roman orichalcum sestertius, 22.51 g, 29.2 mm, 1 h.
    Rome, AD 192.
    Obv: L AEL AVREL COMM AVG P FEL, laureate bust of Commodus, right, with slight drapery on left shoulder.
    Rev: LIB AVG P M TR P XVII COS VII P P, Libertas standing facing, head left, holding pileus in right hand and vindicta in left hand; S C l. and r., low in field; star, mid right, in field.
    Refs: RIC 619b; BMCRE 692 var. (bust); Cohen 290; RCV 5764; ERIC II 573 var. (bust).
     
  6. John Conduitt

    John Conduitt Well-Known Member

    That is a great coin for that price. Mine wasn't such a bargain and is even more misshapen...(I will insist on these Britain-specific reverses...)

    Commodus Sestertius, 184
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    Rome. Bronze, 29.5mm, 22.6g. Laureate head, M COMMODVS ANTON AVG PIVS BRIT. Victory, winged, draped and seated on shields, cradling palm frond, inscribing shield set on knee, two shields on ground. VICT BRIT P M TR P VIIII IMP VII COS IIII P P S C; VICT BRIT in exergue (RIC III, 440). A revolt in Britain in 184 was quickly put down, and a series of coins was struck to commemorate the event.
     
  7. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    Thank you so much folks
     
  8. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    Thanks, always wanted this coin since Movie…..
     
  9. JayAg47

    JayAg47 Well-Known Member

    This one's a bargain coin for 20 bucks, Commodus with seated Jupiter. Iovi.jpg
     
  10. Marsyas Mike

    Marsyas Mike Well-Known Member

    That is a very handsome Commodus sestertius, @Mammothtooth - I am very fond of the coins of Commodus and really like the looks of yours (good price too).

    Have you attributed it yet? I have a similar one, but as is often the case with my Commodus sestertii, enough of the legend is missing that I had to do a lot of detective work to get an attribution. Lately I've been adding notes to my flips so that a year from now when I ask myself "where in the world did I come up with that ID?" I can at least see my guessing process:

    Commodus - Sestertius IOVI IVVENI lot Aug 2021 (0).jpg
    Commodus Æ Sestertius
    (188-189 A.D.)
    Rome Mint

    [M COM]MODVS ANT P [FELIX] AVG BR[IT], laureate head right / IOVI IV[VENI P M]TR P XIIII IM[P VIII COS V], S C, Jupiter standing left, holding thunderbolt & sceptre, eagle left.
    RIC III 525.
    (19.17 grams / 29 x 26 mm)
    eBay Aug. 2021
    Attribution Note:
    There are three IOVI IVVENI types from this era:

    RIC 499:
    COMMODVS TR P XII
    RIC 525: COMMODVS TR P XIIII COS V
    RIC 542: COMMOD TR P XIIII COS V DES VI

    Full COMMODVS obverse, XIIII visible, so RIC III 525.
     
  11. Marsman

    Marsman Well-Known Member

    Wow, that’s cheap! Congrats……
    Paid some more for my sestertius……
    With nice green patina just like yours :)

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  12. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    That’s nice with the chariot
     
  13. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

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    Yep, I am happy.. The description says RARE, which seems strange since I got it on the cheap end.

    Sestertius
    OBv : M COMMOD ANT P FEL AVG BRIT P P

    Rev : IOVI IVVENI P M TR P XIII IMP VIII COS V P P

    Jupiter standing left, holding scepter and thunderbolt; Eagle to left

    RIC-

    Very Rare

    weight 20.2 gr

    diameter 28 mm
     
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2021
  14. GinoLR

    GinoLR Well-Known Member

    Commode HS.jpg
    Another rare Commodus, and also very cheap. I don't remember the exact price but I could easily afford it when I was a teenager, with a very very limited budget.
     
  15. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    There is something about Commodus that intrigues me. Perhaps it is his crazy behavior. He must have been drastically unhinged. In today’s world I guess he would be like a Politician! Would not get his Covid, and drive a fast car. Oh yeah, and watch WWE.
     
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2021
  16. Meander

    Meander Well-Known Member

    Congrats @Mammothtooth. Great price. I admire Commodus' portraits, especially on sestertii. Here is mine that I was able to obtain on a second try.


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    Commodus augustus, 177 – 192.
    Sestertius 183-184, Æ 25.76 g. M COMMODVS AN – TONINVS AVG PIVS Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust r. Rev. P M TR P VIIII IMP VI COS IIII P P Pax seated l. holding branch and cornucopiae; in exergue, S C. C 453. BMC 531. RIC 405.
     
  17. Mammothtooth

    Mammothtooth Stand up Philosopher, Vodka Taster

    I agree, and in general I like the larger coins for the portraits
     
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