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L. Aelius Aurelius Commodus
Emperor 180 - 192


Commodus [b. 161] became Caesar in 175 and Augustus in 177. Hopes that the excellent rule of the Empire under his predecessors would continue were dashed when he allowed favorites to take over and retired to a life of pleasure. As his unstable nature degenerated into insanity, he came to believe himself  the reincarnation of Hercules, and fought in the arena to prove his valor. After several unsuccessful attempts, he was assassinated in 192.

Relatives depicted on coins:
Crispina - wife

   

GI2040 0329 Commodus: AE 26 of Caesarea
$17.50
Obv. M KOMO ANTΩNINO
Laur., dr. & cuir. bust r.
Rev. MHTPOΠO KAICAPEIAC
Model of Mt. Argaeus placed on altar
16.42 g
Sear GI 2040; BMC 212; Syd. 374 attempted piercing, otherwise good F
Coins were often pierced in those days, however the purpose may not have been to wear them as pendants, since the piercing (as in this case) was often made at the bottom of the coin design. The actual reason for such non-suspension piercing is uncertain. It may perhaps be associated with affixing the coin to a shrine as an offering, or for other religious intentions.

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GI2068* 1853 Commodus: Billon 25 Tetradrachm
$30.00
Obv. M A KOM ANTΩ CEB EV CEB
Laur. hd r.
Rev. LKΘ
Dikaiosyne seated l.
8.80 g
Sear GI2068v
VF

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R1628* 2120 Commodus: AR 20 Denarius
$75.00
Obv. M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT Laur. bust. r.
Rev. P M TR P XIII IMP VIII COS V PP Fortuna seated l.
2.70 g
Sear 1628v; RIC 166 irreg. flan, oth. good VF

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R1633* 0367 Commodus: AR 18 Denarius
$65.00
Obv. M COMMODVS ANTON AVG PIVS
Laur. hd. r.
Rev. TR P VIII IMP VI COS IIII P P
Roma seated l.
2.74 g
Sear 1633v; RIC 57; C. 888
sl. porosity, otherwise VF

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