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ID number:  BIRBI-R1294
Object type:  Coin
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Named collection:  G. Haines Collection
Collector:  Haines, Geoffrey
Maker:  Commodus; Rome
Denomination:  As
Place made:  Rome
Culture:  Roman
Date made:  190
Metal:  Base metal
Diameter (cm):  2.50
Weight (g):  11.06
Axis (degrees):  180.00
Provenance:  Haines 1842. Ex L. G. P. Messenger Collection, 1935.

Description:  Obverse: Head of Commodus, wearing laurel wreath and bearded, facing r. Reverse: Commodus, veiled and togate, ploughing facing r. with two oxen.

Inscriptions:  Obverse: M.COMM ΛNT P FE-LIX AVC BRIT R P (Marcus Commodus Antoninus Pius Felix Augustus Britannicus, Father of the Fatherland). Reverse: ...L L AN COM P M TR P XV. IMP VIII(Valour of the Emperor, Head of the College of Priests, Tribune for the Fifteenth Time, Imperator for the Eighth Time). In Exergue: COS VI c C (Consul for the Sixth Time, S C; Translation Disputed).

Bibliography:  RIC III 570.

Notes:  There is some debate on the meaning of the first part of the reverse legend: it could either be monetal evidence for Commodus renaming Rome as Colonia Commodiana - thus, COL[onia] L[ucia] AN[toniniana] COM[modiana] (Eckhel, 1796) - or evidence for Commodus elevating Lanuvium, his birthplace, from municipium to the rank of colony - thus, COL[onia] LAN[uvina] COM[modiana] (Reiner, 1872; Clay, 1971).

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Haines, Geoffrey Colton

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