Roman Imperial coin, bronze (orichalcum), AE sestertius. Struck during the reign of emperor Commodus (Marcus Aurelius Commodus Antoninus Augustus) in honor of his wife Bruttia Crispina (164-191 C.E.) during her lifetime, in Rome, 178-182 C.E. The draped bust of Crispina faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscriptions "CRISPINA AVGVSTVS" on left and right of image. On reverse, the seated figure of Salus (the goddess and personification of safety and well-being) faces left and feeds a serpent arising from altar with her right hand and rests her left arm against the chair with the inscriptions "SALVS" surrounding image and "S.C" in the exergum. Reverse images and inscriptions based on Sear reference; inscriptions severely faded and difficult to decipher.
Date range: 178-182 C.E.
Remarks: Bruttia Crispina, the daughter of Lucius Fulvius Bruttius Praesens, was married to Commodus in 177 C.E. Early in her husband's reign she was banished to Capreae and later put to death. Commodus' coins were minted in Rome.
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values" , London 2002 (Vol II), #6010, pg 423
|Credit line||Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas|
|Place of Origin||Europe/Italy/Rome|