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Coin of Tarsus with bust of Hadrian

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Obverse: Laureate bust of Hadrian to right, drapery on left shoulder. Inscription in Greek. Reverse: At right, Perseus, nude with winged sandals, harpe and drapery on left arm stands with right hand out to Apollo, nude and standing at left, leaning on tripod. Laurel branch in Apollo's left hand;...

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By date unknown: Arthur M. Woodward Collection; by 1962: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W.1 (auction of the A. M. Woodward Collection, September 27, 1962, lot 404); purchased at the Woodward auction on behalf of MFA 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. 117–138


Tarsus, Cilicia


Diameter: 26 mm. Weight: 9.74 gm. Die Axis: 12

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The Ancient World


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