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Medallion of Pergamum with bust of Commodus, struck under P. Aelius Pius

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Obverse: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Commodus to right. Inscription in Greek around. Reverse: The young Zeus, nude, stands to the left with thunderbolt and sceptre-staff, an eagle with wings spread at his feet. On the curve below recline the divinities of land and sea, on the...

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Provenance

By date unknown: with Frank Sternberg AG, Schanzengasse 10, CH-8001 Zurich, Switerland Auction 11, November 20-21, 1981, lot 268); 1981: purchased by Cornelius C. Vermeule III at Frank Sternberg AG Auction 11; 2004-2008: lent by Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA (as L-G 115.2.2004); gift of Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA, October 22, 2008

Credit Line

Gift of Cornelius C. Vermeule III

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

Mint

Pergamum, Asia: Mysia

Dimensions

Diameter: 45 mm. Weight: 47.06 gm. Die Axis: 1

Accession Number

2008.1057

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Medallions