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Lot # 187 - Auction is closed.Estimate: US$1000 / Unsold: Available at opening bid of US$ 700 + Buyers Fee
Commodus. Sestertius
Commodus. 177-192 AD. Sestertius, 19.17g. (5h). Rome, 192 AD. Obv: L AEL AVREL COMM AVG P FEL Head laureate right. Rx: P M TR P XVII IMP VIII [CO]S VII P P S C Securitas seated left holding scepter and extending right hand towards child before her representing the Human Race; star in right field. BM 701. C 576. RIC 611. Struck on a broader flan than normal for Commodus, and with a rather sensitive portrait. EF.

The deity on reverse is traditionally described as Pietas but a recently discovered aureus which adds the descriptive legend SEC GEN HVM to the same type (Spink 65, 1988, 246, now coll. Ben Damsky) proves that she is actually Securitas and the child before her presumably the Human Race. Ex Gemini X, 13 January 2013, lot 577; with auction ticket.
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