Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    Commodus (AD 177-192). AR denarius (17mm, 3.13 gm, 5h). NGC Choice XF 4/5 - 4/5. Rome, AD 191-192. L AEL AVREL COMM AVG P FEL, head of Commodus right, wearing lion's skin headdress / HER-CVL / RO-MAN / AV-GV, Hercules' club dividing legend in three lines; all within wreath terminating in large jewel. RIC III 251.

    Commodus' megalomania entered its terminal phase in AD 192. Divested of his powerful chamberlain Cleander, he gave full vent to his obsession with Hercules and pretensions to godhead. This coin of 192 depicts Commodus in the guide of Hercules, wearing the skin of the Nemean lion; the reverse legend translates as "To the Roman Hercules." A famous marble portrait busts depicts him in the same guise, and he portrayed the demigod during a series of spectacles in the Colosseum, where he dispatched hundreds of animals in imitation of Hercules' Twelve Labors. He demanded that the senate rename the city of Rome as Colonia Commodiana, and ordered that all the months of the year be renamed in his honor as well. While the populace seems to have enjoyed these antics, the Roman aristocracy was horrified and a conspiracy took root over the course of the year that culminated in the emperor's assassination on New Year's Eve, AD 192.


    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2018
    27th Thursday
    Internet/Mail Bids: 11
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 180

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    20% of the successful bid (minimum $19) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 December 5 - 6 HKINF World Coins Signature Auction - Hong Kong.

    Learn about consigning with us

    I couldn't ask for more with respect to Heritage's marketing effort.
    Gerald T.,
    Atlantic Highlands, NJ
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 July 11 - 14 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando
    2019 July 11 - 14 Summer FUN US Coins Signature Auction - Orlando
    REALIZED $5,813,572
    2019 June 27 - 28 HKINF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Hong Kong
    2019 June 27 - 28 HKINF World Coins & Ancient Coins Signature Auction - Hong Kong
    REALIZED $3,112,945
    2019 June 26-28 HKINF World Paper Money Signature Auction - Hong Kong
    2019 June 26-28 HKINF World Paper Money Signature Auction - Hong Kong
    REALIZED $2,686,315