Medallion with bust of Commodus

Roman
Imperial Period
A.D. 190


Mint: Rome

Catalogue Raisonné

Roman Medallions (MFA, 1962, 1975), no. 040.

Dimensions

Diameter: 39 mm. Weight: 54.12 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

58.703

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Medallions

Obverse: Laureate, cuirassed, and draped bust of Commodus to right.
MCOMMODVSANTONINVS PIVSFELIXAVGBRIT
Reverse: Neptune, nude, standing right, scepter in right hand, dolphin in left, foot on prow. Facing him, over an altar, Commodus, draped and veiled, holding a patera.
PIOIMPOMNIAFELICIAPMTRPXVIMPVIII in exergue: COSVIPP

Provenance

By date unknown: Sir John Evans Collection; by date unknown: Sir Arthur Evans Collection; by 1934: with Ars Classica S.A., 31 Quai du Mont-Blanc, Geneva, Switzerland (Ars Classica auction 17, Hötel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, October 3ff., 1934, lot 1515); by date unknown: Prof. Calabrese Collection, Rome; by date unknown: with Mark M. Salton-Schlessinger, New York; purchased by MFA from Mark M. Salton-Schlessinger, September 18, 1958, for $ 450.00

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour