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Medallion with bust of Commodus

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Obverse: Bust of Commodus, laureate, right, draped, cuirassed, seen from the rear. MCOMMODVSANTONINVS PIVSFELIXAVGBRIT Reverse: Hercules, semi-draped, standing left, carrying cornucopiae in left hand, and holding phiale over burning altar, against which rests club; at left, tree in which...

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Provenance

By 1959: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Münzen und Medaillen A.G., auction 19, June 5-6, 1959, lot 233); purchased at Münzen und Medaillen auction 19 by Leu & Company, Zurich, Switzerland; September 17, 1959: purchased by MFA from Leu & Company for $ 5,457.85 (this is the total price for 59.483-59.489)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 191

Mint

Rome

Catalogue Raisonné

Roman Medallions (MFA, 1962, 1975), no. 041; Highlights: Classical Art (MFA), p. 176.

Dimensions

Diameter: 41 mm. Weight: 54.03 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

59.489

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Medallions