RPC IV.4, 3301


Image of specimen #1


Coin type
Volume IV.4
Number 3301
Province Egypt
Region Egypt
City Alexandria
Reign Marcus Aurelius
Person (obv.) Commodus (Caesar)
Issue Year ΙϚ = 16
Dating AD 175/6
Obverse inscription ΚΟΜΜΟΔΟϹ ΚΑΙϹΑΡ ϹΕΒ ΥΙΟϹ
Obverse design bare-headed(?) bust of Commodus (youthful) wearing paludamentum, right
Reverse inscription ]ωΝ ΗΓΟΥ[ ] L ΙϚ
Reverse design emperor (Commodus as Caesar) in military dress standing, facing, head, left, holding uncertain object and long sceptre(?)
Metal copper-based alloy
Average diameter 23 mm
Reference DS 9536 (also on pl. XXXX)
Specimens 1 (0 in the core collections)
Note The type looks to be modelled on imperial coins in gold, silver, and bronze of AD 175/6 showing Commodus Caesar with a branch and sceptre and the inscription PRINC(IPI) IVVENT(VTIS), but without the trophy on the imperial type. The inscription here may be an attempt to render Principi Iuventutis into Greek, see Geissen, ZPE 17 (1975), pp. 141-4; Vogt 1924, pp. 134-5; Kaiser-Raiss 1980, p. 15.

Specimens of this coin type

Number Number Museum Bibliography
1 1     ✸ DS 9536