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Home > Catalog > Roman Coins > The Adoptive Emperors > Commodus > RS85045
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, toned, marks and scratches, edge cracks, Rome mint, weight 2.482g, maximum diameter 18.5mm, die axis 0o, 191 - 192 A.D.; obverse L AEL AVREL COMM AVG P FEL, laureate head right; reverse IOVI DEFENS SALVTIS AVG, Jupiter moving left, looking back right, brandishing thunderbolt overhead in right hand, scepter in left hand, drapery at waist flying behind, seven stars around; rare; SOLD

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