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Commodus Denarius, Hercules and Africa

AR 17mm/2.3gm Rome Mint; struck c. 192 AD

Con/ good F

Obv/ L AEL AVREL COMM AVG P FEL; laureate head right

Rev/ PROVIDENTIAE AVG; Commodus, as Hercules, std. l., resting his foot on a prow and holding his club on a tree-stump, clasping hand with the figure of Africa, who is wearing and elephant-skin head-dress and holding a sistrum, with a lion at her feet.

Ref/ RIC 3, [Commodus] 250a (rated Rare)

Seller's Note/ The reverse on this rare issue refers to the foresight of Commodus in reorganizing the N. African grain fleet, ca. 191 AD, which he renamed the Commodiana Herculea.

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