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Coin of Smyrna with busts of Nero and Poppaea, struck under Hermogenes and Clarus

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Obverse: Laureate, draped bust of Nero at left facing draped bust of Poppaea. Inscription in Greek. Reverse: Zeus seated left, transverse scepter in right hand, uncertain object in left. Inscriptions in Greek around and in field.


By date unknown: Arthur M. Woodward Collection; by 1962: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W.1 (sale of the A. M. Woodward Collection, September 27, 1962); purchased at the Woodward sale by Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., February 13, 1963

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, A.D. 62–65


Smyrna, Asia: Ionia


Diameter: 24 mm. Weight: 9.84 gm. Die Axis: 6

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The Ancient World


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