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Contorniate with head of Nero

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Obverse: Laureate head of Nero right. IMPNEROCAESARAVGPMAX Reverse: Emperor riding to right, spearing a fallen barbarian who carries a shield on his left arm; below horse, another barbarian is doubled over in death.


By 1957: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Münzen und Medaillen A.G. auction 17, December 4, 1957, lot 659); by 1964: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G. (Münzen und Medaillen A.G. auction 28, June 19-20, 1964, lot 494); purchased by MFA at Münzen und Medaillen auction 28; accessioned September 23, 1964

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

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




Diameter: 37 mm. Weight: 20.68 gm. Die Axis: 12

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