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Medallion of Smyrna with bust of Septimius Severus, struck under Cl. Rufinus Sophistes

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Obverse: Bust of Septimius Severus right, laureate, cuirassed and draped. Inscription in Greek around. Reverse: Amazon standing left, wearing turreted crown and tunic, holding small pelta, double axe (and drapery?) in left hand, and model of temple in right; behind her, Nike, holding palm...

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Provenance

By 1959: with Jacques Schulman, Keizersgracht 448, Amsterdam (Jacques Schulman auction, Carlton Hotel, Amsterdam, March 9-12, 1959, Catalogue 232, lot 1412); purchased on behalf of MFA at the Shulman auction by Spink & Son, Ltd., 5-7 King Street, St. James's, London S.W. 1, England; purchased by MFA from Spink & Son, Ltd., April 9, 1959, for $ 1,325.00 (this is the total price for 59.247-59.251)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, A.D. 198–202

Mint

Smyrna, Asia: Ionia

Dimensions

Diameter: 36 mm. Weight: 23.03 gm. Die Axis: 6

Accession Number

59.249

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Medallions