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Contorniate with bust of Valentinian III

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Obverse: Diademed and draped bust of Valentinian III to right. DNPLAVALENTI NIANVSPFAVG Reverse: A dancer with a wreath in the raised right hand, surrounded by six small female figures (singers?). M I LICVS


By date unknown: T. O. Mabbott Collection; by date unknown: with Numismatic Fine Arts, Edward Gans, 10 Rock Lane, Berkeley 8, California (Mail Bid Sale 15, May 4, 1955, no. 477); by date unknown: U.S. Private Collection; anonymous gift to MFA in Memory of Mr. L. Forrer, Sr., February 13, 1958

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Anonymous gift in memory of Mr. L. Forrer, Sr.

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 424–455



Catalogue Raisonné

Roman Medallions (MFA, 1962, 1975), no. 105.


Diameter: 41.5 mm. Weight: 38.27 gm. (pierced) Die Axis: 12

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


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