This beautifully preserved solid silver coin of the Emperor Commodus dates from 176 - 192 A.D.
Today, Commodus is probably best recogised from the movie 'Gladiator' (memorably played by Joaquin Phoenix), although history suiggests that the real Commodus was every bit as cruel as his modern-day portrayal.
Born in 161 A.D., Commodus reign as Emporer was notable for his egotistism, especially in the arena. He believed himself to be Hercules reborn, and would often fight as a gladiator dressed only in a lion skin. It is written that he would fight only old men or maimed soldiers, and never lost a fight. Its is also sais that any citizens of Rome missing their feet through accident or illness were taken to the arena where they were tethered together for Commodus to club to death while pretending they were giants.
At the age of 31, Commodus was strangled to death by his wrestling partner in 192 A.D.
This lovely little coin from his realm is a silver Denarius, displaying a bust of Commodus on the obverse, with an image of Victory on the reverse
ROMAN SILVER COIN OF COMMODUS
Acquired by Timeless on the UK antiquities market, 2019.