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.
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

Match 1:
Classical Numismatic Group > Triton XXVIAuction date: 10 January 2023
Lot number: 781

Price realized: 7,000 USD   (Approx. 6,525 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Commodus. AD 177-192. Æ Medallion (38mm, 44.61 g, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 177-178. L AVREL COMMODVS AVG GERM SARM TR P III, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right / IMP II COS P P, VOTΛ PVBLICΛ in exergue, Commodus, togate, sacrificing out of patera over altar to left; to left, victimarius preparing to sacrifice bull, citizen, tibicen playing tibia, and child; four citizens to right, behind Commodus; hexastyle temple in background. Gnecchi II 166, pl. 89, 2 (same dies as illustration); MIR 18, 1076/11-37; Banti 502. Brown surfaces. VF.

Apart from normal coinage intended for general commerce, Roman emperors struck large medallions intended as special handouts to high-ranking government and military officials on important occasions, often to mark the beginning of a new year. Commodus was particularly prolific in the striking of large and impressive bronze medallions, this splendid piece included. The obverse depicts the young Commodus, co-ruler with his father Marcus Aurelius, in the military role of Imperator, wearing a general's cuirass and cloak. The occasion is his acclamation as Imperator for the second time, no doubt won during the course of his father's wars against the German tribes. The reverse shows him in civilian mode as Pontifex Maximus, high priest, wearing his toga of office and performing a sacrifice to undertake his "public vows" (VOTA PVBLICA).

Estimate: 3000 USD

Match 2:
Classical Numismatic Group > Triton XXVIAuction date: 10 January 2023
Lot number: 775

Price realized: 4,500 USD   (Approx. 4,194 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Marcus Aurelius. AD 161-180. Æ Sestertius (32mm, 28.39 g, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 162. IMP CAES M AVREL ANTONINVS AVG P M, laureate and cuirassed bust right / CONCORD AVGVSTOR TR P XVI, S C across field, COS III in exergue, Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, both togate, standing facing each other, clasping right hands and each holding volumen in left. RIC III 824 var. (bust type); MIR 18, 30-6/35; Banti 37; BMCRE 1008 var. (same). Even brown surfaces. Near EF. Rare bust type. Banti records only two examples.

From the DMS Collection. Ex CNG inventory 162082 (January 2006); Lanz 125 (28 November 2005), lot 785 (conserved since); P.H. Webb Collection (A. Hess, 9 May 1932), lot 2213.


Estimate: 3000 USD

Match 3:
Classical Numismatic Group > Triton XXVIAuction date: 10 January 2023
Lot number: 774

Price realized: 11,000 USD   (Approx. 10,253 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Marcus Aurelius & Lucius Verus. AD 161-169. Æ Medallion (40mm, 51.00 g, 12h). Rome mint. Struck AD 161-165. IMP ANTONINVS AVG COS III IMP VERVS AVG COS II, confronted bareheaded busts of Marcus Aurelius right and Lucius Verus left, both with slight drapery / Jupiter, half-nude and draped to the waist, seated facing on a high-backed throne, holding a thunderbolt in his right hand and a long scepter in his left; on his left, Juno seated facing holding short scepter with her left hand and offering a patera to Jupiter with her right; on his right, Minerva seated facing, holding scepter with her left hand and raising her right to adjust her helmet. Gnecchi II 7, pl. 71, 5; MIR 18, 1009-2/12-22; Banti 7. Green and red-brown patina, slightly rough surfaces. VF. Extremely rare. An impressive medal showing the Capitoline Triad.

Ex Nomos 23 (30 November 2021), lot 224.

The Capitoline Triad was a group of three deities; namely, Jupiter, Juno, and Minerva. They were worhiped within the Capitolium, the temple on the Capitoline Hill that was devoted to this sacred Triad. Though appearing together infrequently upon Roman coinage, the Triad remained an important part the Roman pantheon and was often celebrated on medallions such as this one, struck jointly by Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus, as a handout to loyal officers, dignitaries, and high officials.

Estimate: 10000 USD

Match 4:
Classical Numismatic Group > Electronic Auction 527Auction date: 16 November 2022
Lot number: 362

Price realized: 1,200 USD   (Approx. 1,157 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Marcus Aurelius. AD 161-180. Æ Medallion (36mm, 27.41 g, 11h). Rome mint. Struck AD 174-175. M ANTONINVS AVG TR P XXIX, laureate and cuirassed bust right, with the breastplate adorned with the head of Medusa / [IMP] VI[I COS III], Victory seated right on on pile of shields, holding palm frond in right hand and shield in left, resting on her knees, inscribed [VIC/ AVG] in two lines; a trophy to right. Gnecchi II, p. 28, 14; MIR 18, 1063-1/36; Banti 156. Green patina, encrustations, roughness. Fine. Rare.


Estimate: 750 USD

Match 5:
Classical Numismatic Group > Electronic Auction 531Auction date: 25 January 2023
Lot number: 1138

Price realized: 1,000 USD   (Approx. 920 EUR)   Note: Prices do not include buyer's fees.
Lot description:


Commodus. AD 177-192. Æ Sestertius (30mm, 25.44 g, 12h). Rome mint. M COMMOD ANT P FEL IX AVT BRIT P P, laureate head right / APOL MONETAE P M TR P XV IMP VIII, COS V/ S C in two lines across field, Apollo standing right, legs, crossed, arm on top of his head, leaning on column to right. RIC III –; MIR 18, –; Banti –. Brown patina, slight roughness. VF. This type is known for Commodus' 6th consulship (RIC III 559; MIR 18, 794-6/30; Banti 16) but not his 5th. Unpublished.


Estimate: 750 USD