Medallion with bust of Commodus

Roman
Imperial Period
A.D. 184–185


Mint: Rome

Catalogue Raisonné

Roman Medallions (MFA, 1962, 1975), no. 038.

Dimensions

Diameter: 40 mm. Weight: 50.23 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

58.965

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Medallions

Obverse: Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Commodus to right.
MCOMMODVSANTO NINVSAVGPIVSBRIT
Reverse: Hercules nude, standing, holding club and lionskin in left hand, right hand raised crowing himself; at left, a tree; at right, an altar.
PMTRPX IMPVIICOSIIIIPP

Provenance

By date unknown: Giorgio Giorgi Collection; by 1955: with Mario Ratto, Via Manzoni 23, Milan, Italy (Ratto auction of the Giorgio Giorgi Collection, January 26-29, 1955, lot 844); by date unknown: G. Mazzini Collection (Monete Imperiali Romane, vol. 2, no. 475); by date unknown: with Leu & Co.'s Bank, Ltd., 32 rue de la Gare, Zurich, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Leu & Co.'s Bank, Ltd., October 9, 1958, for
$ 2,466 (this is the total price for 58.960-58.967)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour