Crispina, wife of Commodus. Rome, c. 180-182 AD

Crispina, wife of Commodus. Rome, c. 180-182 AD


AR Denarius, 3.23g (16mm, 12h). CRISPINA AVG Draped bust r. / CONCORDIA Clasped hands.

Pedigree: From the stock of NAC Zürich

References: Cohen 8. RIC Commodus 279

Grade: A few minor cracks on the edges. Lovely portrait and cabinet toning. VF+  (re1054)

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Bruttia Crispina, the wife of Commodus, was like most of the women in the history of Rome in that very little is remembered of her aside from her status as Empress. Apart from this, we know only who her parents were, the suspicions of foul play involved within the Antonine family and finally her ultimate demise. Crispina was unable to produce an heir and this may have driven the decision by Commodus to ban her to the island of Capri.