Coin of Mytilene with bust of Commodus, struck under Apelles

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 180–182


Mint: Asia: Aeolis (Islands off), Mytilene (Lesbos)

Dimensions

Diameter: 46 mm. Weight: 40.02 gm. Die Axis: 6

Accession Number

1970.432

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of Commodus to right.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: At left city goddess stands to right holding herm on right hand.
At right Dionysos stands to left, thyrsos in left hand, kantharos in right over altar.
Inscriptions in Greek around and in exergue.

Obverse doublestruck.

Provenance

By 1970: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Münzen und Medaillen, auction 41, June 18-19, 1970, lot 378); purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G., September 16, 1970

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour