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Coin of Nicaea with bust of Messalina, struck under C. Cadius Rufus

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Obverse: Draped bust of Messalina to right. Inscription in Greek. Reverse: Facade and walls of two-storied building. Inscriptions in Greek around and in exergue on tablet. (see media screen for Greek inscriptions)


By 1982: with Edward J. Waddell, Ltd., Suite 1100, 1050 Seventeenth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036 (List No. 2, February, 1982, no. 17); June 9, 1982: purchased by MFA from Edward J. Waddell, Ltd.

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, about A.D. 47–48


Nicaea, Bithynia


Diameter: 35.5 mm. Weight: 21.54 gm. Die Axis: 6

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The Ancient World


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