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Contorniate with bust of Trajan

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Obverse: Laureate, draped, cuirassed bust of Trajan to left, seen from behind. IMPCAESNERVAETRAIANOAVGGERDACPMTRPCOSIII At right, monogram of incised letters P and E Reverse: Charioteer, palm in left hand and whip (?) in right, stands in facing quadriga. In ex.: NIKA (?)


By date unknown: Thomas Ollive Mabbott Collection; by 1969: with The Hans M. F. Schulman Gallery, 25 West 45th Street, New York 10017 (auction of the Mabbott Collection, part 2, October 29, 1969, lot 4892); by 1974: with Alex G. Malloy, P.O. Box 38, So. Salem, New York 10590; purchased by MFA from Alex G. Malloy, April 10, 1974

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

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




Diameter 37.5 mm. Weight: 25.13 gm. Die Axis: 6

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The Ancient World


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