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Commodus (A.D. 177-192)
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RM6 -  Romano-British, Commodus (A.D.177-192), British Victory type, AE Sestertius, 20.17g., 30mm, Rome mint, A.D. 184-185, laureate bust right, M COMMODVS ANTON AVG PIVS BRIT, rev., seated figure of Victory right on shields, inscribing shield set on knee TR P X IMP VII COS IIII, VICT BRIT in exergue (Askew 33; RIC 452),  about fine. $175

In the last months of Marcus Aurelius's life there was a serious incursion by the northern tribes into the province of Britannia, the wall was overrun and possibly even the governor himself lost in battle. The wall in question is likely to have been the Hadrianic frontier, the Antonine wall having been already abandoned. Ulpius Marcellus was dispatched by to Britain and by A.D. 184 had secured a victory for the now sole emperor Commodus. This type was struck in commemoration of that victory.

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ER76 - Commodus (A.D. 177-192), Silver Denarius, 2.76g., 18mm, Rome mint, A.D. 181-182, laureate head of Commodus right, M ANTONINVS COMMODVS AVG, rev., TR P VII IMP IIII COS III P P, Pax standing left, (RIC 30), almost extremely fine. $135

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ER77 - Commodus (A.D. 177-192), Silver Denarius, 2.86g., 19mm, Rome mint, A.D. 185, laureate head of Commodus right, M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT, rev., P M TR P XI IMP VII COS V P P, Commodus togate seated left on curule chair, (RIC 124), good very fine. $125

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ER82 - Commodus (A.D. 177-192), Silver Denarius, 2.71g., 18mm, Rome mint, 185, laureate head of Commodus right, COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRI, rev., AVCT PIET P M TR P XII IMP VIII COS V P P, Pietas standing left sacrificing over altar and holding box of incense, (RCV 5630; RIC 146), almost extremely fine. $145

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ER238 - Commodus (A.D. 177-192), Silver Denarius, 2.57g., 18mm, Rome mint, A.D. 187, laureate head of Commodus right, M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT, rev., NOBILIT AVG P M TR P XII COS V P P, Nobilitas standing right, (RCV 5663; RIC 155), almost extremely fine. $145

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ER81 - Commodus (A.D. 177-192), Silver Denarius, 3.60g., 19mm, Rome mint, 180, laureate head of Commodus right, M COMMODVS ANTONINVS AVG, rev., TR P V IMP IIII COS II P P, two barbarian captives seated beneath a trophy, (RCV 5706; RIC 9), good very fine. $145

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ER80 - Commodus (A.D. 177-192), Silver Denarius, 3.49g., 19mm, Rome mint, A.D. 187, laureate head of Commodus right, M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT, rev., VIRTVT AVG P M TR P XII IMP VIII COS V P ding left, (RIC 30), almost extremely fine. $130

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ER236 - Commodus (A.D. 177-192), Silver Denarius, 2.97g., 19mm, Rome mint, A.D. 187, laureate head of Commodus right, M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT, rev., IOV EXSVP P M TR P XII IMP VIII, COS V P P in exergue, Jupiter seated left, (RCV 5649; RIC 173), good very fine. $140

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ER74 - Commodus (A.D. 177-192), Silver Denarius, 2.83g., 18mm, Rome mint, A.D. 180, laureate head of Commodus right, M COMMODVS ANTONINVS AVG, rev., TR P V IMP IIII COS II P P, two barbarian captives seated beneath a trophy, (RCV 5706; RIC 9), good very fine. $125

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ER235 - Commodus (A.D. 177-192), Silver Denarius, 2.87g., 17mm, Rome mint, A.D. 190, laureate head of Commodus right, M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT P P, rev., LIB AVG P M TR P XV COS VI, Libertas standing left, (RCV 5654; RIC 208), almost extremely fine. $145

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ER234 - Commodus (A.D. 177-192), Silver Denarius, 3.43g., 17mm, Rome mint, A.D. 192, laureate head of Commodus right, L AEL AVREL COMM AVG P FEL, rev., HERCVLI ROMANO AVG, Commodus as Hercules beside a trophy, (RCV 5646; RIC 254a), very fine. $165 SOLD

 

This issue, struck in the last year of his reign before his assignation, is symptomatic of the insanity that Commodus lapsed into. He believed himself to be the reincarnation of Hercules, as depicted on this coin, and even fought wild beasts in the Colosseum.

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ER79 - Commodus (A.D. 177-192), Silver Denarius, 2.06g., 18mm, Rome mint, A.D. 187, laureate head of Commodus right, M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT, rev., VIRTVT AVG P M TR P XII IMP VIII COS V P P, Virtus standing left, (RCV 5722; RIC 160), good very fine. $145

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ER78 - Commodus (A.D. 177-192), Silver Denarius, 3.74g., 17mm, Rome mint, A.D. 192, head of Commodus right wearing lion skin in the guise of Hercules, L AEL AVREL COMM AVG P FEL, rev., HERCVL ROMANO AVG, Herculesí club, all within wreath, (RCV 5644; RIC 251), almost very fine. $125

This issue, struck in the last year of his reign before his assignation, is symptomatic of the insanity that Commodus lapsed into. He believed himself to be the reincarnation of Hercules, as depicted on this coin, and even fought wild beasts in the Colosseum.

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ER37 - Commodus (A.D. 177-192), Silver Denarius, 2.80g., 19mm, Rome mint, A.D. 181-182, laureate head of Commodus right, M ANTONINVS COMMODVS AVG, rev., TR P VII IMP IIII COS III P P, Pax standing left, (RIC 30), almost extremely fine. $145

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ER75 - Commodus (A.D. 177-192), Silver Denarius, 3.30g., 18mm, Rome mint, A.D. 185, laureate head of Commodus right, M COMM ANT AVG P BRIT FEL, rev., P M TR P XI IMP VII COS V P P, Fortuna seated left holding rudder on globe and cornucopiae, wheel under seat, FOR RED in exergue, (cf RCV 5641; RIC 131), good very fine. $135

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ER74 - Commodus (A.D. 177-192), Silver Denarius, 2.83g., 18mm, Rome mint, A.D. 180, laureate head of Commodus right, M COMMODVS ANTONINVS AVG, rev., TR P V IMP IIII COS II P P, two barbarian captives seated beneath a trophy, (RCV 5706; RIC 9), good very fine. $125