Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Ryro, Apr 16, 2021.
I’m sorry... Will a coin help me out?
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, 30.4gm from Harlan Berk.
Rome, Jan. 193
3.45 g - 18.5 mm
S 6044 - C 30 - RIC 7
IMP CAES P HELV PERTIN AVG, Laureate head right
MENTI LAVDANDAE, Mens std. left
MENTI LAVDANDAE, literally "the praiseworthy spirit", is evidently opposed to the "poor in spirit" Commodus. Pertinax ostensibly differentiates himself from his predecessor and affirms with the choice of the goddess Mens that his reign will be ruled by reason. This extremely rare type, which belongs to the first Pertinax issue, has never been issued by any other emperor. Olivier Lempereur lists only six specimens in his corpus ("Recherches numismatiques sur l'empereur Pertinax"), this one (D1-R1) being from the same obverse die as that of the British Museum (BNK, R.620).
@Alwin that coin is exceptionnal. I'm never tired of seeing it (I've been privileged enough to have it in hand several times though)
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