Medallion with bust of Commodus

Roman
Imperial Period
A.D. 186


Mint: Rome

Catalogue Raisonné

Roman Medallions (MFA, 1962, 1975), no. 039.

Dimensions

Diameter: 39 mm. Weight: 62.85 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

58.376

Medium or Technique

Bronze (bimetallic)

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Medallions

Obverse: Bearded and laureate bust of Commodus to left, holding spear with right hand and wearing aegis.
MCOMMODVSANTONINV SPIVSFELIXAVGBRIT
Reverse: Emperor in triumphal quadriga to right, the chariot ornamented with reliefs.
PMTRPXIIMPVII in exergue: COSVPP

Provenance

By date unknown: Earl Fitzwilliam Collection; by 1949: with Christie, Manson & Woods, Ltd., Spencer House, 27 St. James's Place, St. James's Streeet, London, S.W. 1 (Christie's auction of the Earl Fitzwilliam Collection, sold by order of the Earl Fitzwilliam's Wentworth Estates Company, May 30-31, 1949, lot 356); by date unknown: U.S. Private Collection; Anonymous gift to MFA in memory of Prof. George H. Chase, April 10, 1958

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Professor George H. Chase