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Coin Type: Silver denarius of Commodus, Caesar 175-176 CE, Augustus 177-192 CE
Mint and Date: Rome, 186-187 CE
Size and Weight: 16mm x 17mm, 2.56g
Obverse: (M) COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT
Laureate, bearded head right.
Reverse: NOBILIT AVG P M TR P XII IMP VIII COS V P P
Nobilitas standing right, holding figurine of Minerva in left hand in front, right hand grasping a tall sceptre behind.
Provenance: numismatiklanz (eBay), December 2009
Ref: RCV (2002) 5595; RIC III 155
BW Ref: 018 045 152
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Note: The type of Nobilitas found on coins of Commodus, Geta, and Severus Alexander is often said to carry the Palladium. It does seem to be a statuette of Athena, and can sometimes be seen to be appropriately helmeted, but it is in the wrong stance for the Palladium. (Nobilitas on coins of Philip I and Tetricus II carries a globe instead.) Also, she is sometimes said to carry a spear, but it is clearly a sceptre in these examples.
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