Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Mammothtooth, Dec 4, 2021.
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@Mammothtooth! Here's a sestertius from the last year of his life:
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).
Commodus Sestertius, 184
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.
Thank you so much folks
Thanks, always wanted this coin since Movie…..
@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 Æ Sestertius
[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
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.
Paid some more for my sestertius……
With nice green patina just like yours
That’s nice with the chariot
Yep, I am happy.. The description says RARE, which seems strange since I got it on the cheap end.
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
weight 20.2 gr
diameter 28 mm
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.
@Mammothtooth. Great price. I admire Commodus' portraits, especially on sestertii. Here is mine that I was able to obtain on a second try.
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.
I agree, and in general I like the larger coins for the portraits
Separate names with a comma.