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Cistophorus with heads of Marc Anthony and Octavia

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Obverse: Heads of Anthony and Octavia conjoined; he wears ivy wreath; border of dots. M.ANTONIVS.IMP.COS.DESIG.ITER.ET.TERT Reverse: Cista mystica surmounted by draped figure of Bacchus, standing, left, cup in right hand, thyrsus in left hand, all between serpents to right and left. III.VIR. ...

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By date unknown: Mazzini Collection (G. Mazzini, Monete Imperiali Romane, vol. 1, Milan, 1957, p. 37, pl. 10, no. 3); by date unknown: with Leu & Co.'s Bank, Ltd., 32 rue de la Gare, Zurich, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Leu & Co.'s Bank, Ltd., October 9, 1958, for $ 2,466 (this is the total price for 58.960-58.967)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman Provincial, Republican Period, about 39 B.C.


Ephesus (?), Asia: Ionia

Catalogue Raisonné

Roman Medallions (MFA, 1962, 1975), no. 001.


Diameter: 27 mm. Weight: 11.78 gm. Die Axis: 12

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


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