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Sestertius with bust of Commodus

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Obverse: Bust of Commodus, laureate, draped, cuirassed. MCOMMODVS ANTONINVSAVG Reverse: Emperor on horseback right, spear in raised right hand. Below, fallen enemy on right knee, right hand extended. TR PVIMP IIIICOSII P P S C (in exergue)


By date unknown: Henry Platt Hall Collection; by 1950: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London W. 1 (auction of the H. P. Hall Collection, part 2, November 16-17, 20-21, 1950, lot 1624, partial [said to be from General Moore Collection]); purchased at unknown date in the 1950s by Cornelius C. Vermeule III; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA, December 17, 1986

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

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 180




Diameter: 33 mm. Weight: 23.06 gm. Die Axis: 11

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Medium or Technique

Bronze (with traces of silvering?)


The Ancient World


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