Commodus (March/April AD 177 - 31st December AD 192)

Lucius Aurelius Commodus, son of Marcus Aurelius and Faustina Junior, was born at Lanunvium in AD 161. He was given the rank of Caesar at the early age of five. The only uprising during his reign, that of northern Britain in the early AD 180's, was easily suppressed. He became insane in later life and was strangled by an athlete hired by his conspirators on the night of December 31st AD 192.

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Commodus 'Emperor Sacrificing' Sestertius 027823

Scarce Commodus 'Emperor Sacrificing' Sestertius
Bronze, 21.37 grams, 30.23 mm. Rome. AD 184. Obverse: M COMMODVS ANTON AVG PIVS BRIT, laureate head right. Reverse: VOTA SVSCEP DECEN PM TR P VIIII IMP VII around, COS IIII PP in ex., Commodus, togate, standing left, sacrificing at altar. S-C across fields. RIC 441C; Cohen 988; Sear 5833. Very fine/fine-good fine. Accompanied by an old collection ticket. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£130.00

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Commodus 'Emperor Sacrificing' Sestertius 027823
Commodus 'Zeus' Sestertius 027818

Commodus 'Zeus' Sestertius
Bronze, 23.37 grams, 30.94 mm. Rome. AD 182. Obverse: M COMMODVS ANTONINVS AVG, laureate head right. Reverse: TRP VII IMP V COS III PP, Zeus seated left. holding Victory and sceptre. S-C across fields. RIC 343; Cohen 840; Sear 5812 var (year). Very fine/good fine. Accompanied by an old collection ticket. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£120.00

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Commodus 'Zeus' Sestertius 027818
Commodus 'Minerva' Sestertius 027816

Commodus 'Minerva' Sestertius
Bronze, 22.20 grams, 30.17 mm. Rome. AD 183. Obverse: M COMMODVS ANTONINVS AVG PIVS, laureate head right. Reverse: TRP VIII IMP VI COS IIII PP, Minerva advancing right, brandishing spear and holding shield. S-C across fields. RIC 368b note, (no owl at foot = Cohen 880); Banti 459; Sear 5818. Very fine/fine. Accompanied by an old collection ticket. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£110.00

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Commodus 'Minerva' Sestertius 027816
Commodus 'Fides' Denarius 026580

Commodus 'Fides' Denarius
Silver, 2.43 grams, 15.80 mm. Rome. 192 AD. Obverse: L AEL AVREL COMM AVG P FEL, laureate head right. Reverse: P M TR P XVII IMP VIII COS VII P P, Fides standing left, holding standard with hooked base and cornucopiae, star in left field. RIC 233, RSC 583-583a, BMC 316-317; Sear 5684. Very fine.
£45.00

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Commodus 'Fides' Denarius 026580
Commodus 'Fortuna' Denarius 024186

Commodus 'Fortuna' Denarius
Silver, 2.88 grams, 19.21 mm. Rome. 179-180 AD. Obverse: L AVREL COMMODVS AVG, laureate, cuirassed bust right. Reverse: TR P V IMP III COS II P P, Fortuna seated left, holding rudder and cornucopiae, wheel under seat. RIC 2; RSC 779; Sear 5705. Good very fine.
£70.00

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Commodus 'Fortuna' Denarius 024186
Commodus 'Pietas' Denarius 024200

Commodus 'Pietas' Denarius
Silver, 3.29 grams, 18.01 mm. Rome. 192. Obverse: L AEL AVREL COMM AVG P FEL, laureate head right. Reverse: P M TR P XVII IMP VIII COS VII P P, Pietas seated left, holding sceptre, reaching out to child standing right before her, star in right field. RIC 236; RSC 574a; Sear 5686. Extremely fine with a softer reverse. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£90.00

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Commodus 'Pietas' Denarius 024200
Commodus 'Genius' Denarius 024197

Commodus 'Genius' Denarius
Silver, 2.46 grams, 18.25 mm. Rome. 184 AD. Obverse: M COMMODVS ANTON AVG PIVS, laureate head right. Reverse: PM TR P VIIII IMP VI COS IIII PP, Genius standing left by altar, holding patera and corn-ears. RIC III 76; RSC 435; Sear -. Good fine/fine.
£40.00

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Commodus 'Genius' Denarius 024197
Commodus 'Apollo' Denarius 024181

Commodus 'Apollo' Denarius
Silver, 1.64 grams, 16.13 mm. Rome. 189 AD. Obverse: M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT P P, laureate head right. Reverse: APOL MONET P M TR P XV, COS VI across, Apollo standing right, right hand on head, resting left arm on column. RIC 205; RSC 22; Sear 5628. Very fine/good fine.

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Commodus 'Apollo' Denarius 024181
Commodus 'Roma' AE As 027889

Commodus 'Roma' AE As
Bronze, 8.53 grams, 24.85 mm. Rome. AD 183. Obverse: M COMMODVS ANTONINVS AVG, laureate head right. Reverse: TR P VIII IMP V COS IIII P P S-C, Roma standing left, holding Victory and spear. RIC 360; Cohen 856; Sear 5891. Good fine/fine. Accompanied by an old collection ticket.
£45.00

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Commodus 'Roma' AE As 027889
Commodus 'Fortuna' Sestertius 027880

Commodus 'Fortuna' Sestertius
Bronze, 24.93 grams, 30.85 mm. Rome. AD 191. Obverse: L AEL AVREL COMM AVG P FEL, laureate head right. Reverse: P M TR P XVII IMP VIII COS VII P P S-C, Fortuna standing left, foot on prow, holding caduceus and cornucopiae, star in right field. RIC 609; RIC 579; Sear 5788. Fine and better. Accompanied by an old collection ticket.
£65.00

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Commodus 'Fortuna' Sestertius 027880
Commodus as Caesar 'Priestly Implements' AE As 027868

Scarce Commodus as Caesar 'Priestly Implements' AE As
Bronze, 6.17 grams, 23.60 mm. Rome. AD 175-176 (under Marcus Aurelius). Obverse: COMMODO CAES AVG FIL GERM SARM, bare-headed, draped bust right. Reverse: PIETAS AVG, sacrificial implements: knife, aspergillum, ewer, lituus and simpulum; SC in exergue. RIC III 1538; Cohen 404; Sear 5561. Good fine/good. Accompanied by an old collection ticket. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com

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Commodus as Caesar 'Priestly Implements' AE As 027868
Commodus 'Felicitas' Sestertius 027863

Commodus 'Felicitas' Sestertius
Bronze, 19.93 grams, 31.20 mm. Rome. AD 183. Obverse: M COMMODVS ANTONINVS AVG PIVS, laureate head right. Reverse: TR P VIII IMP VI COS IIII P P S-C, Felicitas standing facing, head left, holding caduceus and cornucopiae. RIC 370; Cohen 907; Sear 1988, 1650. Good fine/fine. Accompanied by an old collection ticket.
£90.00

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Commodus 'Felicitas' Sestertius 027863
Commodus 'Libertas' Sestertius 027845

Commodus 'Libertas' Sestertius
Bronze, 19.31 grams, 27.80 mm. Rome. AD 190. Obverse: M COMMOD ANT P FELIX AVG BRIT P P, laureate head right. Reverse: LIB AVG PM TR P XV IMP VIII COS VI, Libertas standing left, holding pileus and sceptre. S-C across fields. RIC 562; Cohen 285; Sear 5764 var (date). Good very fine. Accompanied by an old collection ticket. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£195.00

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Commodus 'Libertas' Sestertius 027845
Commodus 'Roma' AE As 027842

Commodus 'Roma' AE As
Bronze, 13.59 grams, 26.08 mm. Rome. AD 183. Obverse: M COMMODVS ANTONINVS AVG, laureate head right. Reverse: TR P VIII IMP V COS IIII P P, Roma standing left, holding Victory and spear, S-C across fields.. RIC 360; Cohen 856; Sear 5891. Good fine. Accompanied by an old collection ticket.
£49.00

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Commodus 'Roma' AE As 027842
Commodus 'Fortuna' Sestertius 027839

Commodus 'Fortuna' Sestertius
Bronze, 20.18 grams, 30.09 mm. Rome. AD 188. Obverse: M COMMODVS ANT P FELIX AVG BRIT, laureate head right. Reverse: P M TR P XIII IMP VIII COS V P P, Fortuna seated left, holding rudder on globe and cornucopiae, FOR RED in exergue, S-C across fields. RIC 513; Sear 5746. Good fine. Accompanied by an old collection ticket. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£85.00

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Commodus 'Fortuna' Sestertius 027839
Commodus 'Minerva' AE As 027836

Commodus 'Minerva' AE As
Bronze, 11.81 grams, 25.88 mm. Rome. AD 182. Obverse: M ANTONINVS COMMODVS AVG, laureate head right. Reverse: TR P VII IMP IIII COS III P P, Minerva standing left, holding branch and resting hand on shield, spear resting against left arm, S-C across fields. RIC 338; Cohen 818; Sear 5890. Very fine/fine. Accompanied by an old collection ticket.
£55.00

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Commodus 'Minerva' AE As 027836
Commodus 'Hilaritas' Sestertius 027819

Commodus 'Hilaritas' Sestertius
Bronze, 21.89 grams, 27.61 mm. Rome. AD 187. Obverse: M COMMODVS ANT P FELIX AVG BRIT, laureate head right. Reverse: HILARIT(AS) AVG P M TR P XII IMP VIII COS V P P, Hilaritas standing left, holding branch and long palm. S-C across fields. RIC 497-498; Cohen 211; Sear 5754. Good very fine/good fine. Accompanied by an old collection ticket.
£120.00

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Commodus 'Hilaritas' Sestertius 027819
Commodus 'Salus' Sestertius 026080

Commodus 'Salus' Sestertius
Bronze, 18.44 grams, 29.81 mm. Rome. 183 AD. Obverse: M COMMODVS ANTONINVS AVG PIVS, laureate head right. Reverse: SALVS AVG TR P VIII IMP VI COS IIII P P, S C across, Salus standing left, holding sceptre and feeding a snake from a patera. RIC 381; Sear 5803 var (obv. legend and date). Very fine/good fine.
£120.00

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Commodus 'Salus' Sestertius 026080
Commodus 'Emperor and Genius' Sestertius 026064

Commodus 'Emperor and Genius' Sestertius
Bronze, 27.54 grams, 30.08 mm. Rome. 189 AD. Obverse: M COMMODVS ANT P FELIX AVG BRIT, laureate head right. Reverse: PIETATI SENATVS, S-C across fields, COS V P P in exergue, Commodus standing right, holding roll and clasping hand of the Genius of the Senate standing left, holding sceptre. RIC 549; Cohen 410; Sear 5774. Extremely fine/fine.
£195.00

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Commodus 'Emperor and Genius' Sestertius 026064
Commodus 'Annona with Prow' Sestertius 025643

Commodus 'Annona with Prow' Sestertius
Bronze, 25.96 grams, 31.97 mm. Rome. 181-182 AD. Obverse: M COMMODVS ANTONINVS AVG, laureate head right. Reverse: TR P VII IMP IIII COS III P P S-C, Annona standing left, holding statuette over modius containing five grain ears, and cornucopiae; stern of ship behind, decorated with figure of Victory and containing two figures. RIC 325a; Cohen 836; Sear -. Very fine.
£220.00

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Commodus 'Annona with Prow' Sestertius 025643
Commodus 'Emperor Sacrificing' Denarius 024204

Commodus 'Emperor Sacrificing' Denarius
Silver, 2.81 grams, 17.40 mm. Rome. 191-192 AD. Obverse: L AEL AVREL COMM AVG P FEL, laureate head right. Reverse: VOTA SOLV PRO SAL P R, Commodus standing left, holding patera, sacrificing over a tripod altar, bull on the ground by the altar. RIC 262; RSC 984; Sear 5725. Fine.

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Commodus 'Emperor Sacrificing' Denarius 024204
Commodus 'Mars' Denarius 024201

Commodus 'Mars' Denarius
Silver, 2.89 grams, 16.65 mm. Rome. 188-189 AD. Obverse: M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT P P, laureate head right. Reverse: MART PAC P M TR P XIIII COS V DES VI, Mars standing left, holding branch and spear. RIC 188; RSC 351; Sear 5659 var (date). Good very fine/very fine.
£65.00

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Commodus 'Mars' Denarius 024201
Commodus 'Nobilitas' Denarius 024199

Commodus 'Nobilitas' Denarius
Silver, 2.61 grams, 17.66 mm. Rome. 185-186 AD. Obverse: M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT, laureate head right. Reverse: NOBILIT AVG P M TR P XII IMP VIII COS V P P, Nobilitas standing front, head right, holding sceptre and statuette. RIC 139; RSC 382; Sear -. Very fine and better/fine.
£65.00

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Commodus 'Nobilitas' Denarius 024199
Commodus 'Annona' Denarius 024196

Commodus 'Annona' Denarius
Silver, 3.32 grams, 18.26 mm. Rome. 184-185 AD. Obverse: COMM ANT AVG P BRIT, laureate head right. Reverse: P M TR P X IMP VII COS IIII P P, ANN in exergue, Annona standing left, holding a statuette and cornucopiae, modius and ship's prow containing two people at her feet. RIC 106; RSC 18; Sear 5627 var (year). Good very fine/very fine.
£70.00

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Commodus 'Annona' Denarius 024196
Commodus 'Jupiter' Denarius 024194

Scarce Commodus 'Jupiter' Denarius
Silver, 3.12 grams, 18.31 mm. Rome. 189 AD. Obverse: M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT, laureate head right. Reverse: OPTIME MAXIME, Jupiter standing left, naked except for chlamys over shoulder, holding thunderbolt and sceptre, CVPP in exergue. RIC 173, Cohen 259, BMC 253; Sear 5650. Fine.

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Commodus 'Jupiter' Denarius 024194
Commodus 'Pax' Denarius 024193

Commodus 'Pax' Denarius
Silver, 2.85 grams, 18.05 mm. Rome. 190 AD. Obverse: M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT P P, laureate head right. Reverse: P M TR P XV IMP VIII COS VI, Pax seated left on curule chair, holding branch and caduceus. RIC 210; RSC 555; Sear -. Good fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£65.00

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Commodus 'Pax' Denarius 024193
Commodus 'Liberalitas' Denarius 024191

Commodus 'Liberalitas' Denarius
Silver, 2.59 grams, 17.39 mm. Rome. 181 AD. Obverse: M COMMODVS ANTONINVS AVG, laureate head right. Reverse: LIB AVG TR P V IMP IIII COS II P P, Liberalitas standing left, holding a counting board and cornucopiae. RIC 10; RSC 302; Sear 5655 var (consular year). Near extremely fine/very fine.

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Commodus 'Liberalitas' Denarius 024191


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