Medallion of Pergamum with bust of Commodus, struck under P. Aelius Pius

Roman Provincial
Imperial Period
A.D. 180–182

Mint: Asia: Mysia, Pergamum


Diameter: 45 mm. Weight: 47.06 gm. Die Axis: 1

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Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Commodus to right.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: The young Zeus, nude, stands to the left with thunderbolt and sceptre-staff, an eagle with wings spread at his feet. On the curve below recline the divinities of land and sea, on the right, Gaia with cornucopiae and on the left Thalassa with rudder. In the field, busts of Helios (right) and Selene (left).
Inscription in Greek around and in exergue.

The flan has two holes for mounting, one plugged.


November 20-21, 1981, anonymous sale (Auction 11), Frank Sternberg AG, Zürich, lot 268, sold to Cornelius C. Vermeule, III (b. 1925 – d. 2008), Cambridge, MA [see note 1]; 2008, gift of Vermeule to the MFA. (Accession Date: October 22, 2008)

NOTES: [1] Lent by Cornelius Vermeule to the MFA from 2004 until 2008 (loan no. L-G 115.2.2004).

Credit Line

Gift of Cornelius C. Vermeule III