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Coin of Smyrna with bust of Severus Alexander, struck under S[...] Politus

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Obverse: Bust of Severus Alexander, laureate, draped, cuirassed, right. (Inscription in Greek) Reverse: Radiate bust of Helios facing draped bust of Selene at right. Crescent behind Selene. (Inscription in Greek)


By 1983: with Ariadne Galleries, Inc., 970 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10021 (Ariadne Galleries, Inc., auction, 983 Madison Avenue, New York 10021, Dec. 9, 1983, lot 112); purchased at auction by MFA; accessioned by MFA January 18, 1984

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, A.D. 222–235


Smyrna, Asia: Ionia


Diameter: 37 mm. Weight: 21.82 gm. Die Axis: 6

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The Ancient World


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