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Medallion with bust of Commodus in the guise of Hercules

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Obverse: Bearded bust of Commodus to left in lionskin of Hercules. LAELIVSAVRELIVS COMMODVSAVGPIVSFELIX Reverse: Hercules naked, standing slightly left, right hand on hip, left holding bow resting on pile of rocks with lionskin and club. HERCVLIROMANOAVG PMTRPXVIIICOSVIIPP

Provenance

By 1958: with AG. Leu & Co., Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich, Switzerland and Adolph Hess AG., Haldenstrasse 5, Lucerne, Switzerland (Hess-Leu auction, Hotel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, April 2, 1958, lot 348); purchased at Hess-Leu auction on behalf of MFA by Spink & Son, Ltd., 5, 6 & 7 King Street, St. James's, London, S.W. 1; purchased by MFA from Spink & Son, Ltd., June 5, 1958, for 12,800 Swiss francs (this is the total price for 58.515-58.519)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 192

Mint

Rome, Italy

Catalogue Raisonné

Roman Medallions (MFA, 1962, 1975), no. 045.

Dimensions

Diameter: 42 mm. Weight: 62.63 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

58.519

Medium or Technique

Bronze (bimetallic)

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Medallions