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Coin of Hadrianopolis with bust of Caracalla

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Obverse: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of Caracalla with head to left, holding spear and shield decorated with Nike. Inscription in Greek. Reverse: Triptolemos to right in biga drawn by winged serpents. Below, Gaia seated left, holding two grain ears. Inscription in Greek.


By 1998: with Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., P.O. Box 479, Lancaster, Pa. 17608, Auction 45, Mail Bid Sale, March 18, 1998, lot 835; purchased by MFA from Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., April 22, 1998

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Augustine Shurtleff Collection of Coins, by exchange

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, A.D. 211–217


Hadrianopolis, Thrace


Diameter: 26.5 mm. Weight: 12.55 gm. Die Axis: 6

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The Ancient World


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