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Contorniate with bust of Nero

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Obverse: Laureate bust of Nero right. IMPNEROCAESARAVGPMAX Reverse: Captive barbarians in the schema of Apollo, Marsyas, and the Scythian: the man, nude and bearded stands to left, his hands tied behind him against a tree. The draped woman is seated on a rock to right, in attitude of sadness....

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By 1964: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Münzen und Medaillen A.G. auction 28, June 19-20, 1964, lot 496); purchased by MFA at Münzen und Medaillen auction 28; accessioned September 23, 1964

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

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




Diameter: 37 mm. Weight: 20.90 gm. Die Axis: 12

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The Ancient World


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