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Crispina, wife of Commodus, Augusta 178 - 182 A.D.

Crispina was married to emperor Commodus in 177A.D., in an effort to foster some virtue in the young Caesar. Unfortunately, Crispina was a vain and haughty, if beautiful, and did little to improve Commodus' character. She was implicated in a plot to kill Commodus in 182. She was exiled to Capri with Lucilla and murdered soon after.


Crispina, Wife of Commodus, Augusta 178 - 182 A.D., Retrograde Reverse!

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There are no breaks in the plating and the interior of the edge cracks is dark black. The style is extraordinarily similar to the official Rome mint, but this must be the plated work of an ancient counterfeiter?!
RS85201. Silver denarius, perhaps plated(?); apparently unpublished, cf. RIC III 283 (S), RSC II 21, BMCRE IV 41, SRCV II 6001 (all normal, not retrograde, reverses), VF, light marks and scratches, light corrosion, tiny edge cracks, no sign of a bronze core, weight 3.254 g, maximum diameter 18.3 mm, die axis 0o, Rome (or counterfeiter?) mint, 180 - 182 A.D. (or later?); obverse CRISPINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse IVNO (retrograde starting at 3:00), Juno standing facing, veiled, head right, patera in left hand, long scepter in left right, peacock right at feet on right (the entire reverse is retrograde); extremely rare, possibly unique, retrograde reverse!; $280.00 (249.20)


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In Roman religion, Concordia was the goddess of agreement, understanding, and marital harmony. The cult of Concordia Augusta ("Majestic Harmony") was of special importance to the imperial household. She is usually depicted wearing a long cloak and holding a patera (sacrificial bowl), a cornucopia (symbol of prosperity), or a caduceus (symbol of peace).
RS79831. Silver denarius, RIC III 279; RSC II 9; BMCRE IV p. 693, 29; Hunter II 7; SRCV II 5997, Choice VF, well centered, nice portrait, edge cracks, weight 3.085 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 180 - 182 A.D.; obverse CRISPINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right, hair waved, pulled back and knotted in coil low on back of head; reverse CONCORDIA (harmony), clasped hands; $190.00 (169.10)


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Juno Lucina was the Goddess of light and of childbirth. In her honor, on 1st of March the Roman matrons celebrated the festival Matronalia and it was customary for their husbands or lovers to present gifts. Women about to give birth, particularly in labor, would address their prayers to her: Juno Lucina, fer opem, serva me, obsecro (Juno the goddess, Lucina, come to our aid, save me, I beseech thee).
RB77892. Copper as, RIC III 680, Cohen III 24, BMCRE IV 433, SRCV II 6018, F, centered, nice dark patina, scratches, weight 10.542 g, maximum diameter 27.0 mm, die axis 0o, Rome mint, 180 - 182 A.D.; obverse CRISPINA AVGVSTA, draped bust right; reverse IVNO LVCINA (Juno goddess of childbirth), Juno standing left, patera in right hand, long scepter vertical behind in left hand, S - C flanking across lower half of field; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren, ex Kirk Davis; $100.00 (89.00)







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OBVERSE LEGENDS

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