Commodus 177-192 AD -Sestertius with Hercules reverse

Ancient Coins - Commodus 177-192 AD -Sestertius with Hercules reverse
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19.91g

Rather worn but a very interesting and desirable reverse type that illustrates Commodus' obsession with Hercules.   This coin was struck in 191 AD when Commodus  was actively seeking divine protection against plots.   Hercules was his champion  He became so obsessed with Hercules that he soon believed that he was the reincarnation of Hercules.  

Obv: Bust of Commodus right

Rev: Commodus as Hercules standing left holding a cornucopiae and sacrificing over a lighted altar.  His club is leaning against the altar.  To the left is a tree on which a lion skin hangs.  "[HERC COMMODIANO PM TR P XVI IMP VIII C]OSVII[PP] S C"

 RIC 581 (R)

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