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Commodus / eagle on dolphin - provincial Roman coin from Istros - reverse Commodus / eagle on dolphin - provincial Roman coin from Istros - obverse
21 mm diameter, 6.5 grams, AE
Reverse: Greek thalassic symbol: sea eagle clawing a dolphin and inscription ICTPIHNΩN
Obverse: laureate head of emperor Commodus to the right, draped and cuirassed bust, inscription AYKAI [M or Λ] KOMOΔ
Commodus / eagle on dolphin - provincial Roman coin from Istros - reverse Commodus / eagle on dolphin - provincial Roman coin from Istros - obverse
? mm diameter, ? grams, AE
Reverse: Greek thalassic symbol: sea eagle clawing a dolphin and inscription ICTPIHNΩN
Obverse: laureate head of emperor Commodus to the right, draped and cuirassed bust, inscription AY K M A KOMOΔO

The first ancient coin pictures above are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of Mr. Ion Šerban.

The second ancient coin pictures above are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of Mr. GLV.

The coin corresponds to the description at number 163 in the Moushmov catalog. Most probably this coin was struck in the last years of Commodus' reign. It is not described in AMNG I.

About the legend on the coin obverse

The legend accompanying the portrait of emperor Commodus may be AY K M A KOMOΔO, but the reading is not certain. It represents the Greek translation of the Latin legend IM(perator) C(aesar) M(arcus) A(urelius) COMMODU(s).

About emperor Commodus

Emperor Commodus (Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus), the last of the Antoninian dynasty, ruled the Roman Empire between 180 and 192. In 166 A.D. he received from his father, emperor Marcus Aurelius, the title of Caesar, and in 177 the title of Augustus. Following his assassination on January first 193, his successor was Pertinax.


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