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Sole Reign of Commodus (180-192 CE)

Rome Mint; Late 191-192 CE

Obverse: Commodus in the guise of Hercules, facing right, wearing lion skin headdress. L AEL AVREL COMM AVG P FEL.

Reverse: HER-CVL RO-MAN AV-GV around club, all within wreath.

A rare example in very fine condition.

Diameter: 17mm; Weight: 2.7g

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RIC III, 251


Commodus was the last ruling emperor of the Nerva-Antonine dynasty and the biological child of Marcus Aurelius and his first cousin Faustina the Younger. He is perhaps best remembered by history for his insanity and megalomania which resulted in his assassination in 192 CE. This coin depicts only one of his hubrises in which he envisioned himself as the reincarnation of the demi-god Hercules. Numerous statues from his reign depict him in this guise. On other occasions, he even went so far as to call himself the new Romulus and rename the city of Rome after himself. This was immediately rectified following his assassination. While, it would be impossible to list all of his abuses and conceits here, it should have been of no surprise when his reign came to a sudden and violent end in 192 CE.