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Pendant mounted with aureus of Hostilian

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Obverse: Bare headed and draped bust of Hostilianus to right. CVALENSHOSTILMESQVINTVSNC Reverse: Hostilianus standing left, holding standard in right hand, reversed spear in left. PRINCIPIIVVENTVTIS Mounted in a contemporary Roman gold mount with a ribbed suspension loop that is still...

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By date unknown: with Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., P.O. Box 479, Lancaster, Pa 17608-0479, Freeman and Sear, P.O. Box 641352, Los Angeles, CA 90064-6352, and Numismatica Ars Classica, Niederdorfstrasse 43, CH-8025, Zurich, Switzerland (Triton III sale, The New York Marriott World Trade Center, Three World Trade Center, New York, NY 10048, November 30 and December 1, lot 1153); purchased at Triton III sale on behalf of MFA by Antiqua, Inc., 20969 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 11, Woodlands Hills, CA 91364; January 26, 2000: purchased by MFA from Antiqua Inc.

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 250–251




Diameter of pendant including loop: 38.5 mm.; weight (including setting but not the two extra pieces): 13.67 gm.; die axis of coin: 6 The two tubes are each about 32.5 mm. long.

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The Ancient World


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