Sestertius of Commodus

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Acquired in 1910 (the spelunker thinks)

artist
Unknown
attributions_note
bibliography
'Salting Bequest (A. 70 to A. 1029-1910) / Murray Bequest (A. 1030 to A. 1096-1910)'. In: List of Works of Art Acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum (Department of Architecture and Sculpture). London: Printed under the Authority of his Majesty's Stationery Office, by Eyre and Spottiswoode, Limited, East Harding Street, EC, p. 118
collection_code
SCP
credit
date_end
0184-12-31
date_start
0184-01-01
date_text
184 AD (made)
descriptive_line
Coin (sestertius), brass, head of Commodus / Victory, Roman, 184 AD
dimensions
Diameter: 3.30 cm, Weight: 20.14 g
edition_number
event_text
exhibition_history
gallery
historical_context_note
historical_significance
history_note
From the Salting bequest.
id
258525
label
last_checked
2014-08-30T10:52:58.000Z
last_processed
2014-08-30T10:52:58.000Z
latitude
32.311141
location
In Storage
longitude
-83.309642
marks
'M COMMODVS A[NT] ON AVG PIVS B[R]IT' '[P] [M] TR P X IMP VII COS IIII [P] [P] [around] [V]ICT BRI[T] [in exergue] S C [in field]'
materials
brass
materials_techniques
Brass
museum_number
A.718-1910
museum_number_token
a7181910
object_number
O310850
object_type
Coin (sestertius)
on_display
original_currency
original_price
physical_description
This coin depicts on obverse: Inscription. Head of Commodus, laureate to right. Border with dots. Reverse: Inscription. Victory, naked to waist, seated on two shields, holding in right a shield, in left a palm branch. Border of dots.
place
Roman
primary_image_id
production_note
production_type
public_access_description
This is a sestertius of Commodus, a large brass coin depicting Commodus, who was Roman Emperor from 180-192 AD. The brass sestertius valued a quarter of a denarius. It typically weighs in the region of 25 to 28 grammes, is around 32-34 mm in diameter and ca. 4mm thick. The denarius was a small silver coin and the principal silver coin issued in the ancient Roman currency system from the late 3rd century BC until the early 3rd century AD. The use of the portrait is the most persistent and usually the most striking feature of coins of the Roman Empire. Particularly during the first three centuries of the Empire's existence (27 BC-AD 284) images of historically recorded (and some unrecorded) people appear on the majority of coins. Roman coins acted as a vehicle for the quick and wide-reaching spread of propagandic images of Imperial power, at the centre of which was the embodiment of Rome and all that its Empire stood for, the Emperor himself. Roman coins survive in very large numbers and are frequently found right across Europe, reaching the furthest corners of the Empire.
related_museum_numbers
rights
3
shape
site_code
slug
sestertius-of-commodus-coin-sestertius-unknown
sys_updated
2013-08-17T00:00:00.000Z
techniques
title
Sestertius of Commodus
updated
vanda_exhibition_history
year_end
184
year_start
184