ambr0zie Posted January 17 · Member Share Posted January 17 (edited) January started quite good in terms of new acquisitions. I bought 6 coins - 3 Republicans, 2 Imperials (one still on its way) and a Byzantine miliaresion. The only imperial denarius arrived today, after another FedEx blooper (they are struggling to become more and more incompetent). But this is irrelevant since I am quite pleased with what I got. The denarius I want to present is from an infamous emperor, which we all know, Commodus. Everybody knows his life and eccentricities, certainly not a person to remember for good deeds (although who knows how much is real from his history). What I am most interested in - his coins, that are usually affordable and, some of them at least, interesting in design. When I was checking the auction I almost passed this, as I tend to skip denarii with a reverse with somebody just seated or standing, especially if the ruler is present in my collection. But I noticed that this is not the standard reverse. I was pleased with the condition and the price remained decent so I managed to grab it. Commodus AD 180-192. Rome. Denarius AR. 19 mm, 2,96 g AD 186-189. M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT, laureate bust to right / FORTVNAE MANENTI, Fortuna seated to left, holding cornucopiae and rudder with left hand and restraining horse by the bridle with right; C V P P in exergue. RIC III 191a; BMCRE 231; RSC 168a. Not extremely rare (39 examples quickly found on acsearch, rated S in RIC) but I think this is not a common denarius either. What made this coin interesting for me was, of course, the reverse with Fortuna holding the horse by the bridle. I was not aware of this reverse type; although the horse is a common motif on ancient coins, this depiction is interesting and rare. If somebody knows the meaning of this posture, please post it. And of course, please post Commodus denarii, coins with horses or whatever you feel is relevant. Edited January 17 by ambr0zie 25 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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