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Contorniate with bust of Trajan

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Obverse: Bust of Trajan laureate, cuirassed, draped to right; at right, flower inlaid in silver. IMPCAESTRAIANVSAVGPMPPPROCONS Reverse: Nude athlete, holding up crown in right hand and palm in left, standing between woman and fluteplayer. FIL INVS


By date unknown: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Münzen und Medaillen auction 17, December 2-4, 1957, lot 662); purchased by MFA at the Münzen und Medaillen auction for $ 1751.29 (this is the total price of 58.2-58.10); accessioned January 9, 1958

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

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



Catalogue Raisonné

Roman Medallions (MFA, 1962, 1975), no. 102.


Diameter: 37 mm. Weight: 22.50 gm. Die Axis: 6

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


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