Prieure de Sion Posted February 27 · Member Share Posted February 27 It is always difficult to get a good-looking Commodus. And when there finally is one, many bidders pounce on it. Today I was able to win another Commodus in good condition at Rauch. I am very happy, because this is generally RIC 36a - but in a version with a narrow abacus between the letters of the legend. An extremely rare version of RIC 36. Imperator Caesar Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus Augustus Denarius of the Roman Imperial Period 166/177 AD; Material: Silver; Diameter: 18mm; Weight: 3.09g; Mint: Rome; Reference: RIC III Commodus 36a var. (narrow abacus between letters);Rare: R3; Provenance: H. D. Rauch Numismatik Wien, Austria (Auction 41, Lot 3287); Obverse: Head of Commodus, laureate, right; Inscription: M COMMODVS ANTONINVS AVG; Translate: Marcus Commodus Antoninus Augustus; Reverse: Liberalitas, draped, standing left, holding abacus in right hand and cornucopiae in left hand; Inscription: LIB AVG V TR P VII IMP IIII COS III P P; Translate: Liberalitas Augustorum Quinta, Tribunicia Potestate Septima, Imperator, Quartum, Consul Tertium, Pater Patriae (The fifth liberality of the Augustus, holder of tribunician power for the seventh time, Imperator for the fourth time, consul for the third time, father of the nation) Comment: Financial management under Commodus was particularly bad. Partly as a result of the senseless expenditure on competitions and games of all kinds, partly as a result of the lavish gifts to the people, there was a great shortage of money (Dio LXXII 16, 1-3. Comm. 16, 8-9). Commodus had numerous coins minted and issued with Liberalitas Augusti; LIB I in 175 AD, LIB II in 177/178 AD, LIB III in 180 AD, LIB IIII in 181 AD, LIB V in 182 AD, LIB VI in 185/186 AD, LIB VII in 190 AD, LIB VIII and LIB IX then for the last time in 192 AD. This lack of money was remedied by confiscations and the sale of offices, as well as by robbery and threats. The background of the Liberalitas V denarius type presented here was the conspiracy in 181 AD against Commodus. Whether Lucilla was actually co-responsible for the assassination of her brother, or to what extent, is historically not perfectly certain. Apparently Commodus' sister joined forces with her cousin M. Claudius Ummidius Quadratus to assassinate the emperor. The young Tib. Claudius Pompeianus Quintianus was entrusted with the execution. He confronted the emperor at the entrance to the theatre with his sword drawn and shouted: "this is sent to you by the Senate". But he did not carry out the fatal stroke himself; he was bound and executed. Soon Quadratus was also killed, and, it seems, a Norbana, a Norbanus, a Paralius and his mother as accomplices. Lucilla herself was first banished to the island of Capri and then later executed. To celebrate the failed assassination, coins of the LIB AVG V were issued afterwards.This specimen is an extremely rare variant with narrow abacus between legend letters. 17 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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