User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Coin of Ilium with bust of Commodus

Start collecting

Obverse: Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Commodus to right. Legend 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. Legend in Greek below.

Provenance

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

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, A.D. 180–182

Mint

Ilium, Asia: Troas

Dimensions

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

Accession Number

2002.23

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins