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 Pergamum in alliance with Ephesus with bust of Commodus, struck under P. Aelius Pius

Start collecting

Obverse: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of Commodus to right. Inscription in Greek around. Reverse: male figure (Pergamos?) stands at left holding statuette of Asklepios on extended right hand facing toward another male figure (Androklos?) who holds spear in left hand and statuette of...

Show Full Description


By date unknown: Giorgio Giorgi Collection; by 1955: with Mario Ratto, Via Manzoni 23, Milan, Italy (Ratto auction of the Giorgio Giorgi Collection, January 26-29, 1955, lot 852); by date unknown: H. von Aulock Collection (SNG, von Aulock, 1957, no. 1424); by 1975: with Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Münzen und Medaillen auction 52, June 19- 20, 1975, lot 679); purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen A.G. at auction 52; accessioned September 10, 1975

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

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


Pergamum and Ephesus (Alliance), Asia: Mysia and Ionia


Diameter: 44.5 mm. Weight: 43.67 gm. Die Axis: 6

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins