Obverse: Laureate bust of Commodus

Reverse: Emperor with Victoria, erecting a trophy, and the reclining figur...

Collection: Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Context: Rome
Material: Bronze
Denomination: Medallion
Issuing Authority: Commodus
Actual Weight: 51.880 g.
Date: exact 190 AD - exact 191 AD
Dimensions: 41 mm.
Region: Latium
Period: Antonine

Obverse Type: Commodus, in military garb, stands in 3/4-view to the right, toward the draped figure of Africa (the personification of the province), who reclines to the left. He holds a parazonium and a reversed spear on an elephant-scalp helmet. Africa, caressing a lion with her right hand, holds two ears of wheat in her left hand. Between them stands winged, draped Victoria (Victory), in profile to the right, placing a shield on a trophy.

Donor: Anonymous Gift in Memory of Zoƫ Wilbour

Commentary: Imperial bronze medallion

Sources Used: Gnecchi 1912, 2.52, no. 5, pl. 78.5 - lists seven specimens; Cohen 1880-1892, 3.235-236