Commodus; 177-192 AD Denarius Rome 189 AD 3.150. EF.

Commodus; 177-192 AD Denarius Rome 189 AD 3.150. EF.


Description: 177-192 AD Rome 189 AD Denarius 3.15g. BM-269 C-695 RIC-190. Obv: M COMM ANT P - FEL AVG BRIT P P Head laureate r. Rx: SEC ORB P M - TR P XIIII COS V around DES VI in exergue Securitas seated l. holding globe on seat behind her a sphinx seated l. on which she rests her l. elbow. Scarce eight specimens in Reka Devnia hoard. Part of the last regular issue to record an emperor's designation to his next consulship (DES VI). The sphinx on which Securitas rests her elbow was pointed out on a BM sestertius by Mattingly BMC 630 note pl. 108.7. In the Forvm Ancient Coins online discussion group in 2010 participant "Moonmoth" recognized the same sphinx on a COS V denarius. Our coin may be the first COS V DES VI Securitas denarius on which the sphinx has been recognized.
Date: 189 AD
Provenance: Scarce eight specimens in Reka Devnia hoard. Part of the last regular issue to record an emperor's designation to his next consulship (DES VI). The sphinx on which Securitas rests her elbow was pointed out on a BM sestertius by Mattingly BMC 630 note pl. 108.7. In the Forvm Ancient Coins online discussion group in 2010 participant "Moonmoth" recognized the same sphinx on a COS V denarius. Our coin may be the first COS V DES VI Securitas denarius on which the sphinx has been recognized
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