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Medallic sestertius with bust of Hadrian

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Obverse: Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Hadrian to right. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS Reverse: Emperor standing facing head turned to left, togate, holding scepter in left hand, right raised holding oar downwards on globe. COS III


By date unknown: G. Mazzini Collection (Monete Imperiali Romane, vol. 2, p. 92, pl. 32, prima 476); by date unknown: Giorgio Giorgi Collection; by 1955: with Mario Ratto, Via Manzoni 23, Milan, Italy (Ratto auction of the Giorgi Collection, Grand Hotel et de Milan, Via Manzoni 29, Milan, January 26-29, 1955, lot 586); by 1957: with Leu & Co.'s Bank, Ltd., 32 Rue de la Gare, Zurich, Switzerland; purchased by MFA from Leu & Co.'s Bank, Ltd., September 19, 1959, for $ 1,230.00 (this is the total price of 59.513-59.516)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 125–128



Catalogue Raisonné

Roman Medallions (MFA, 1962, 1975), no. 023.


Diameter: 32 mm. Weight: 22.03 gm. Die Axis: 12

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Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Medallions