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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 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.