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Aureus with bust of Vespasian

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Obverse: Bust of Vespasian, laureate, left. IMPCAESAR VESPASIANVSAVG (no crossbars on the As) Reverse: At left emperor stands holding spear and parazonium. At right Victory holding palm in left hand reaches out with wreath in right hand to crown him. Dot in center of field. COSVIII (in...

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By date unknown: Hall Park McCullough Collection; by 1967: with Stack's, 123 West 57th Street, New York (Stack's auction of Hall Park McCullough Collection, November 22, 1967, lot 855); purchased on behalf of MFA at Stack's auction by Münzen und Medaillen AG, Malzgasse 25, Basel; purchased by MFA from Münzen und Medaillen AG, December 13, 1967

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 77–78




Diameter: 20.5 mm. Weight: 7.25 gm. Die Axis: 6

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The Ancient World


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