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ID:     812474
Type:     Roman Imperial
Issuer:     Commodus
Date Ruled:     AD 166-192
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE and Orichalcum Medallion
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 189-190
Diameter:     41 mm
Weight:     60.04 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Legend:     M COMMODVS ANTONINV_S PIVS FELIX AVG BRIT
Obverse Description:     Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust left
Reverse Legend:     VOTIS FELICIBVS
Reverse Description:     Commodus standing left, sacrificing over tripod placed at entrance of a harbor;to left, five vessels advancing right; pharos to right; slain bull below
Mint:     Rome
Primary Reference:     RIC III unlisted
Reference2:     Szaivert 1139-1/38
Reference3:     Banti 522 cf.; Gnecchi 174
Reference4:     Grueber 136; Froehner P. 125; Tocci -; Dressel -
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=123536
Grade:     Good VF, ricer patina, minor roughness
Notes:     Exceptional scenery Ex Leo Benz Collection (Lanz 94, 22 November 1999), lot 674.The extremely artistic imagery on the reverse of this medallion represents the African fleet established by Commodus in AD 186. This fleet was created for seeking out grain in Africa should the harvest in Egypt fail. Upon the successful return of the fleet, the vows, votis felicibus, had been granted.