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Contorniate with bust of Caracalla

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Obverse: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of Caracalla right. At right, a monogram of the letters P and E. ANTONINVS PIVSAVG Reverse: Emperor facing front in quadriga.


Said to be ex Spink, 1926; by date unknown: Henry Platt Hall Collection; by 1950: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London W1 (auction of the Hall Collection, November 16-17, 20-21, lot 2159); by 1971: with Münzen und Medaillen AG, Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; September 28, 1971: purchased from Münzen und Medaillen AG by Mary B. Comstock for MFA; gift of Mary B. Comstock to MFA, October 13, 1971

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Gift of Miss Mary B. Comstock

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




Diameter: 38 mm. Weight: 19.90 gm. Die Axis: 12

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The Ancient World


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