Caesar, A.D. 166-177
Augustus, A.D. 177-192
Rome mint, A.D. 190
Obv: M COMM ANT P F-EL AVG BRITT P P
Rev: LIB AVG P M TR P XV COS - Libertas, standing, facing left, holding pileus and rod
The ascension of Commodus, the megalomaniacal son of Marcus Aurelius, to emperor after his father's death probably marks the end of the "Golden Age" of Rome. Although he, perhaps wisely, chose to end his father's policy of continuous territorial expansion, choosing instead to maintain and fortify the Empire's borders, he is remembered today more for his erratic behavior and his obsession with gladiatorial combat, as dramatized in the movie "Gladiator."