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Nobility (Nobilitas)

Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 Dec 192 A.D.

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Nobilitas, the personification of the idea of nobility, carries a spear and an image of Minerva to indicate that nobility is achieved through both glory in battle and wisdom. Nobilitas may have been selected as a reverse type for Commodus because he was the first emperor "born to the purple," his father was already emperor when Commodus was born in 161, and because he could trace his adoptive pedigree back to Nerva.
RB77895. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC III 501 (S), BMCRE IV 594, Hunter II 135, Cohen III 381, MIR 18 733, SRCV II 5772, aF, green patina, tight flan, corrosion, weight 21.120 g, maximum diameter 28.7 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 187 A.D.; obverse M COMMODVS ANT P FEL AVG BRIT, laureate head right; reverse NOBILITAS AVG P M TR P XII IMP VIII COS V P P, Nobilitas standing standing right, long scepter vertical behind in right hand, statuette of Minerva in left hand, statuette helmeted and draped and holding patera and scepter, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field below center; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; scarce; $32.00 (Ä28.48)


Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 Dec 192 A.D.

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Nobilitas, the personification of the idea of nobility, carries a spear and an image of Minerva to indicate that nobility is achieved through both glory in battle and wisdom. Nobilitas may have been selected as a reverse type for Commodus because he was the first emperor "born to the purple," his father was already emperor when Commodus was born in 161, and because he could trace his adoptive pedigree back to Nerva.
RB69680. Bronze sestertius, RIC III 501 (S), BMCRE IV 594, Hunter II 135, Cohen III 381, MIR 18 733-6/30, SRCV II 5772, aF, flan crack, weight 24.947 g, maximum diameter 29.6 mm, die axis 180o, Rome mint, 187 A.D.; obverse M COMMODVS ANT P FEL AVG BRIT, laureate head right; reverse NOBILITAS AVG P M TR P XII IMP VIII COS V P P, Nobilitas standing standing right, long scepter vertical behind in right hand, statuette of Minerva in left hand, statuette helmeted and draped and holding patera and scepter, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking across field below center; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; scarce; SOLD







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