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VOTIS FELICIBVS:

- Commodus standing left, wearing pontifical robes, holding patera and scroll, sacrificing at a tripod placed at the entrance of the harbour of Ostia, towards which three galleys and two small boats are approaching; first a galley with four coldiers, and having at the prow two military standards; behind it a vessel in full sail, having a vexillum at prow and piloted by Jupiter Serapis or Fortuna dux, seated at the stern; above a similar vessel in full sail, preceded by a small boat with a single oarsman; below, a small boat with single oarsman, and near it a bouy (?). The emperor is accompanied by a priest who stands behind the tripod; behind the emperor a pharos (Ostia), and beneath on the sea shore a slain bull.



Obv: IMP COMMODVS AVG PIVS FELIX, laureate and draped bust of Commodus right; bronze medallion. Or laureate and draped 3/4 bust with cuirass. Or M COMMODVS ANTONINVS PIVS FELIX AVG BRIT, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust left or right, with aegis. Or COMMODVS ANTONINVS PIVS FELIX AVG BRIT, laureate bust right in cuirass with scales.

The type of these large bronze medallions, issued in AD 191, refer to the African fleet established by Comodus in AD 186, as tetified by coins of that year with the legend PROVID AVG and the type of a ship in full sail, to search for corn in Africa, in case the Egyptian harvest failed. The fleet has returned successful and the vows have been granted. Cohen, Med. Imp., 2nd ed, 1883, vol iii, pp. 356, 357.

- Similar type, the vessels varying in number or rowers and other details; in the exergue SIS. Obv: IMP C C VAL DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG, laureate bust of Diocletian left with Imperial mantle, holding a sceptre surmounted by an eagle; bronze medallion.

The reverse is copied from those of Commodus above described. It is not certain on what occasion it was coined, but in all probability commemorates a military action. Perhaps the return of the expidition from Africa, in which Maximianus I in AD 297 defeated the Quinquegentiani or confederacy of five warlike clans of the mauntain range Atlas in Mauretania. Cohen, Med. Imp., 1st ed, suppl., 1868, vol vii, p. 343, pl. vii, 2nd ed, vol vi, p. 475

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