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Coin of Nicaea with bust of Commodus

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Obverse: Cuirassed bust of Commodus as Caesar to right, with aegis (?) or chain-mail. Inscription in Greek. Reverse: Filleted, draped (herm) bust of Homer to right (pre-Hellenistic type). Inscription in Greek. (see media screen for Greek inscriptions)

Provenance

By date unknown: with Edward J. Waddell, Ltd., Suite 1100, 1050 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (Waddell auction 1, Barbizon Plaza Hotel, 106 Central Park South, New York City, December 9, 1982, lot 108); by 1985: Edward J. Waddell, Ltd., Suite 1104, 7910 Woodmont Avenue, Bethesda, Maryland 20814 (Waddell List 13, February 1985, no. 57); Waddell List 21, December 1985, no. 110; purchased by MFA from Edward J. Waddell, Ltd., March 26, 1986 (recorded as Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III in the name of Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III in the name of Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, about A.D. 175

Mint

Nicaea, Bithynia

Dimensions

Diameter: 18 mm. Weight: 3.38 gm. Die Axis: 6

Accession Number

1986.72

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins