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Medallion with bust of Commodus

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Obverse: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of Commodus to right. MCOMMODVSANTONINVS PIVSFELIXAVGBRIT Reverse: Sol, radiate, whip in right hand, reins in left, steps into quadriga which rises up on clouds, preceded by Lucifer with torch. Tellus reclines below clouds, cornucopia on left arm. In...

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Provenance

By date unknown: Martinetti Collection; by 1907: with Galerie Sangiorgi, Palais Borghèse, Rome (auction of the Martinetti and Nervegna Collections, November 18ff., 1907, lot 2297); by date unknown: Clarence S. Bement Collection; by 1924: with Naville & Cie, 6 & 8 Rue Pécolat, Geneva, Switzerland (Naville auction 8, Bement Collection, Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, June 25-28, 1924, lot 1109); by 1930: with Ars Classica, 31 Quai du Mont-Blanc, Geneva (Ars Classica auction 15, Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, July 2ff., 1930, lot 1688); by date unknown: Henry Platt Hall Collection; by 1950: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London W1 (Glendining auction of the Hall Collection, part 2, November 16-17, 20-21, 1950, lot 1635); by date unknown in the 1950s: Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection; November 8, 1972: gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 190–191

Mint

Rome

Dimensions

Diameter: 41 mm. Weight: 54.98 gm. Die Axis: 1

Accession Number

1972.975

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Medallions