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Commodus, Silver Denarius with title AVG BRIT.

Commodus (AD 177-192), silver Denarius, Rome, AD 188-189, M COMM ANT P FEL AVG BRIT, laureate head right, rev. MART PAC P M TR P XIIII COS V P P, Mars standing left, holding branch and spear, 3.18g (RIC 175). Good metal, light hairlines to reverse, good very fine.

After a successful campaign in Britain, securing the Antonine Wall, Commodus assumed the title BRITANNICUS and the abbreviated form began to be used on his coinage. His association with Britain was to be important at his death as two of the five men to declare themselves emperor in AD 193, Clodius Albinus and Pertinax, had been governor of Britain during his reign, and a third, Septimius Severus, the ultimate victor of the ensuing civil war, eventually returned to the tiny, peripheral province with his entire family, and ultimately died here. On succeeding him, his sons, Caracalla and Geta quickly sought a political agreement with the Britons (Scotland in fact), and headed back to Rome, and no Roman campaign in Scotland was ever undertaken again.

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