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Aureus with head of Apollo, struck under C. Vibius Varus

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Obverse: Head of Apollo, right, barley wreath in hair. Dotted border. Reverse: Venus, half-draped, facing away, leaning on column and looking in mirror. C.VIBIVS (at left) at right: VARVS

Provenance

By 1960: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Münzen und Medaillen auction 21, March 19, 1960, lot 5, citing Merzbacher auction, November 1909, lot 1084 and Vierordt auction, 1923, lot 434); purchased at Münzen und Medaillen auction 21 on behalf of MFA by Spink & Son, Ltd., 5, 6 & 7 King Street, St. James's, London, S.W. 1; May 11, 1960: purchased by MFA from Spink & Son, Ltd. for Swiss fr. 8,221 (this is the total price for 60.518-60.525)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman, Republican Period, about 42 B.C.

Mint

Rome

Dimensions

Diameter: 20 mm. Weight: 8.07 gm.

Accession Number

60.518

Medium or Technique

Gold

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins