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Contorniate with bust of Trajan

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Obverse: Laureate bust of Trajan right. At right palm branch. TRAIANVS.AVG COS.IIII.PP Reverse: Bacchus standing holding thyrsos and kantharos between two satyrs? and two maenads?. Doublestruck.


Said to be ex Seaby, January 12, 1927; 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, 1950, lot 2149); by 1971: with Münzen und Medaillen AG, Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; April 23, 1971: purchased from Münzen und Medaillen AG by Mary B. Comstock for MFA; gift of Mary B. Comstock to MFA, May 12, 1971

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Gift of Miss Mary B. Comstock

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




Diameter: 38.5 mm. Weight: 22.69 gm. Die Axis: 6

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