Classical Numismatic Group > Auction 121Auction date: 6 October 2022
Lot number: 870

Price realized: 6,000 USD   (Approx. 6,097 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
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Lot description:


Commodus. AD 177-192. Æ Medallion (39mm, 48.95 g, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 184-185. M COMMODVS ANTO NINVS AVG PIVS BRIT, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / P M TR P X IMP VII COS IIII P P, SALVS in exergue, Salus seated left on a marble seat with a back, on which her elbow rests, adorned with a crouching sphinx carved on its side, Spes above, with her right hand Salus feeds from a patera a serpent rising up from a curious rectangular slab-like object at her feet; on the left is a tall cippus surmounted by a small figure, wearing a short chiton and holding a spear or long scepter; to the left of the cippus is a tall, branching tree. Gnecchi –; Toynbee pl. XXVI, 2 var. (bust type); MIR 18, –; Banti 373 var. (same). Dark brown patina, smoothing, hairline flan crack. VF. Impressive.

According to Jocelyn M. C. Toynbee in her book Roman Medallions: "This design is closely paralleled by a marble relief found on the site of a villa of Herodes Atticus at Loukon in Thera and now in the National Museum at Athens" (p. 222).

Estimate: 3000 USD