AD 184, Commodus -
Sestertius, Rome, 184, Obv: M COMMODVS ANTON AVG PIVS BRIT. Laureate head right. Rev: P M TR P VIIII IMP VII COS IIII P P, Victory seated right on two shields, inscribing a third, S C in field, VICT BRIT in exergue, 20.96g (RIC 440; C 945; cf. Sear 5826; S 648). Provenance: C. Warne Collection, Sotheby Auction, 24 May 1889, lot 62; H. Symonds Collection, Glendining Auction, 26 May 1982, lot 53. The Warne cataloguer noted: ‘This coin engraved in Mon. Hist. Brit, pl. III, n 7’. Images courtesy of DNW. Images courtesy of DNW.
In the last months of Marcus Aurelius' life, northern tribes made a serious incursion into the Roman province of Britannia. A new governor, Ulpius Marcellus, was sent and re-advanced the Roman frontier up to the Antonine Wall. This represented a major victory for Commodus but not without intrigue. The legionaries in Britain revolted against Marcellus' harsh discipline and acclaimed the legate Priscus emperor. Priscus refused the acclamation but still all the legionary commanders in Britain were dismissed by Rome. Ulpius Marcellus was himself replaced as governor, brought to Rome and tried for treason, narrowly escaping death. (Info; David L Tranberger).