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Commodus, March or April 177 - 31 December 192 A.D.
The Roman's believed Jupiter, as the king of the gods, favored those in positions of authority similar to his own. Emperors frequently made vows to Jupiter for protection. This unusual reverse legend dedicates this coin to Jupiter defender of the health of the Emperor. The seven stars on the reverse may refer to the seventh centenary (700 year anniversary) of the founding of Jupiter's great Capitoline temple.
RS85045. Silver denarius
, RIC III
256 (R), RSC II
245, BMCRE IV
349, SRCV II
5651, Hunter II
- (clviii), F, centered on a tight flan
, marks and scratches, edge cracks, Rome
2.482g, maximum diameter
18.5mm, die axis
, 191 - 192 A.D.; obverse
L AEL AVREL COMM
AVG P FEL
, laureate head
IOVI DEFENS SALVTIS
moving left, looking back right, brandishing thunderbolt overhead in right hand, scepter
in left hand, drapery at waist flying behind, seven stars around; rare
Catalog current as of Thursday, April 18, 2019.
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