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Contorniate with bust of Alexander the Great as Herakles

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Obverse: Bust of Alexander the Great as Herakles to right, lion's skin around shoulders and over head. At right, silver palm branch. ALEXA NDER. Reverse: Scylla at right reaches out to snatch sailor from Odysseus' ship. Two companions stand behind him. Two others are in the water. Struck...

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By 1975: with Bank Leu AG, Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich, Switzerland (Bank Leu AG auction 13, Saal der Zunft zum Kambel, Limmatquai 52, Zurich, April 29-30, 1975, lot 525); purchased from Bank Leu AG by MFA after the auction, June 11, 1975

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman, Imperial Period, Mid–late 4th century A.D.




Diameter: 38.5 mm. Weight: 23.85 gm. Die Axis: 6

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