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Coin of Sardis with bust of Elagabalus, struck under C. Sal. Claudianus

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Obverse: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of Elagabalus with aegis to right. Inscription in Greek. Reverse: Lion crouching to left in front of city walls with six towers. In front of lion, bee. Greek inscriptions above, around, and in exergue.


By 1963: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., September 18, 1963

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, A.D. 218–222


Sardis, Asia: Lydia


Diameter: 31 mm. Weight: 14.78 gm. Die Axis: 5

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The Ancient World


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