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Denarius of Commodus

This coin was unearthed very recently by Tyndall Jones, who had identified it as a denarius of Commodus. Tyndall always asks for a valuation in order to pay landowners half of whatever a find might be worth.

On the obverse of the coin is a laureate head of the emperor facing right but the legend isn’t altogether clear. However, if everything was clear then it would read L AEL AVREL COMM AVG P FEL.

On the reverse the figure of Victory (holding a wreath and a palm branch) advances to the left and in front is a star. The legend on this side reads P M TR P XVII IMP VIII COS VII P P.

This type was struck during AD 192. It isn’t listed in volume II of David Sear’s Roman Coins and Their Values but it is number 273 in Roman Imperial Coins.


The edge of this denarius is irregular but it is otherwise in VF condition with good surfaces and eye appeal. The only minus point is the obverse legend, which is difficult to read. In its present condition I would price this coin at £100.

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