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Aureus with bust of Marcus Aurelius, struck under Antoninus Pius

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Obverse: Bust of Marcus Aurelius, right, trace of drapery on neck. AVRELIVSCAES ARAVGPIIFCOSII Reverse: Hilaritas stands, head left, long palm in right hand, cornucopiae in left. HILA RI T AS


By date unknown: Sir Charles Oman Collection; by 1968: with Christie, Manson & Woods, 8 King Street, St. James's, London, S.W. 1 (Christie's auction of the Oman collection, July 2, 1968, lot 120); purchased on behalf of MFA at Christie's auction by A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., 1-11 John Adam Street, The Adelphi, London; purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., September 11, 1968

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 145–147




Diameter: 20 mm. Weight: 7.28 gm. Die Axis: 7

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The Ancient World


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