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Coin of Nicaea with bust of Vespasian, struck under M. Plancius Varus

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Obverse: Laureate bust of Vespasian to right. Inscription in Greek around. Reverse: Panther drinking from a kantharos. Inscription in Greek around. (see media screen for Greek inscriptions)


By 1985: with Frank Sternberg, Bahnhofstrasse 84, CH-8001 Zurich, Switzerland (Sternberg auction 15, Hotel Bellerive au Lac, Zurich, April 11-12, 1985, lot 368); bid on behalf of MFA at the Sternberg auction by Dennis P. Devine; May 22, 1985: purchased by MFA from Frank Sternberg and Dennis P. Devine

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, A.D. 69–79


Nicaea, Bithynia


Diameter: 23.5 mm. Weight: 8.36 gm. Die Axis: 7

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The Ancient World


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