Coin of Ilium with bust of Commodus

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 180–182

Mint: Asia: Troas, Ilium


Diameter: 38 mm. Weight: 22.88 gm. Die Axis: 1

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On View

Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins (Gallery 212C)


The Ancient World



Obverse: Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Commodus to right.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: Ganymede, wearing a Phrygian cap, seated on a pile of rocks, gives a cup to the eagle of Zeus, who grasps it in his left claw. Tree behind eagle.
Inscription in Greek.


By date unknown: with Bank Leu AG, Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich, Switzerland (auction 30, 1982, lot 395); by date unknown: David Simpson Collection; by 2002: with Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., P.O. Box 479, Lancaster, PA 17608-0479 (CNG auction, Triton V, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, 301 Park Avenue, New York, January 15-16, 2002, lot 1719) (the Triton V auction included the David Simpson Collection); purchased at Triton V on behalf of MFA by Frank L. Kovacs, P.O. Box 25300, San Mateo, CA 94402; February 27, 2002: purchased by MFA from Frank L. Kovacs

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour