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Cistophorus with bust of Hadrian

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Obverse: Bust of Hadrian, right. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVSPP Reverse: Aesculapius, draped, standing front, head left, holds serpent-entwined staff in right hand. COS III Overstruck on coin of Augustus (?), of which profile visible in right field.


By date unknown: Arthur M. Woodward Collection; by 1962: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W. 1 (Glendining & Co. Ltd., auction of A. M. Woodward Collection, September 27, 1962, lot 300 [as ex Lucerne auction, 1926, no. 2852]); purchased at the Woodward auction on behalf of MFA by Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; February 13, 1963: purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr.

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, about A.D. 128–132


Pergamum, Asia: Mysia


Diameter: 28.5 mm. Weight: 10.59 gm. Die Axis: 12

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The Ancient World


Fashion illustration