Upgrade of Commodus dupondius

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  1. gogili1977

    gogili1977 Well-Known Member

    So far, I have only this Commodus Dupondius:
    Commodus. AD 177-192. Æ Dupondius. Rome mint. Radiate bust right / Libertas standing left, holding pileus and rod.
    041-02A.jpg 041-02B.jpg
    But today was arrived in the mail box one significantly nicer example:
    Commodus. AD 177-192. Æ Dupondius. Rome mint. Radiate head right / Fortuna seated left, holding rudder set on globe and cornucopia. RIC III 516.
    Commodus dupondius A.jpg Commodus dupondius B.jpg
    Please post your dupondii.
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  3. gsimonel

    gsimonel Well-Known Member

    Like your original, mine could also stand an upgrade:
    Rome mint
    Rev: VENUS - Venus, standing, facing left, holding apple and drawing drapery from back of neck with right hand, between S and C
    RIC (commodus) 684
    24mm, 11.4g.
    The daughter of a consul under Antoninus Pius, Crispina was married to Commodus by arrangement of Marcus Aurelius. The marriage was not a success, and Crispina was implicated in an adultery scandal–and possibly even a plot again Commodus’ life–and exiled to Capri, where she was eventually murdered.
  4. Roman Collector

    Roman Collector Supporter! Supporter

    Here's a dupondius of his mother. It's harder on coins of women from this period to tell an as from a dupondius because there is no equivalent of a radiate crown to distinguish the two denominations. Typically, one has to tell by color or simply call it a middle bronze. This one has the brassy highlights of orichalcum and is therefore a dupondius:

    Faustina Jr Venus and column Dupondius.jpg
    Faustina Jr, under Antoninus Pius, 147-161.
    Roman orichalcum dupondius, 11.60 gm, 25.5 mm, 2 h.
    Rome, AD 152-153.
    Obv: FAVSTINA AVG PII AVG FIL, bare-headed and draped bust, right.
    Rev: VENVS S C, Venus standing left, holding apple and leaning elbow against a column.
    Refs: RIC --; BMC p. 856 *; Cohen 271; RCV --
    Note: Obverse die match to British Museum specimen.
  5. Theodosius

    Theodosius Unrepentant Fine Style Freak! Supporter

    Nice upgrade!

  6. randygeki

    randygeki Coin Collector

    Indeed, nice upgrade
  7. Severus Alexander

    Severus Alexander Blame my mother. Supporter

    I love middle bronzes... that new one is indeed a beauty! Will you keep both? It's nice to have an example as Caesar (something I still lack).

    Here's a dupondius of his dad, and an as of Commodus:
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  8. gogili1977

    gogili1977 Well-Known Member

    That is very nice dupondius of Marcus Aurelius and very interesting bust of Commodus with lion skin. For now I keep both dupondii.
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