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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.