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Contorniate with head of Gaius (Caligula)

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Obverse: Laureate head of Caligula right. CCAESARAVGGERMANICVSPONMTRPP Reverse: Quadriga to right. Charioteer looks left and holds palm branch in left hand, whip in right. FL A VIANV S Obverse doublestruck.


By date unknown: Henry Platt Hall Collection; by 1950: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W1 (auction of the H. P. Hall Collection, November 16 ff., 1950, lot 2135); by date unknown: Walter Niggeler Collection; by 1967: with Bank Leu AG, Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich, Switzerland and Münzen und Medaillen AG, Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (auction of the Walter Niggeler Collection, part 3, Malzgasse 25, Basel, November 2-3, 1967, lot 1592: citing Santamaria Sale, November 1920 [Cantoni], no. 1290; Sambon 1898, Robert 1194); by 1968: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., October 9, 1968

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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: 22.25 gm. Die Axis: 12

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