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Double-sestertius with bust of Trajan II Decius

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Obverse: Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust of Trajan II Decius to right. IMPCMQTP[AIA]NVSDECIVSAVG Reverse: Victoria running left, wreath in right hand, palm in left. VICT ORIA AVG in field: S C


By date unknown: Earl Fitzwilliam Collection; by 1949: with Christie, Manson & Woods, Ltd., Spencer House, 27 St. James's Place, St. James's Streeet, London, S.W. 1 (Christie's auction of the Earl Fitzwilliam Collection, sold by order of the Earl Fitzwilliam's Wentworth Estates Company, May 30-31, 1949, lot 337); by date unknown: Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA, April 10, 1969

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Centennial Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 249–251




Diameter: 37 mm. Weight: 31.55 gm. Die Axis: 12

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The Ancient World


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