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Sestertius with bust of Didius Julianus

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Obverse: Bust of Didius Julianus, laureate, bearded, right, draped and cuirassed. IMPCAESMDIDSE VERIVLIANAVG Reverse: Didius Julianus, togate, standing front, head left, holding globe in right hand, and scroll in left. RECTOR ORBIS S C (left and right in field)


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 254); by date unknown: Richard Cyril Lockett Collection; 1959: with Glendining & Co., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W.1 (Glendining & Co. auction of Richard Cyril Lockett Collection, part 8, London, May 26, 1959, lot 62); by 1960: with A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., 3 Robert Street, Adelphi, London; October 13, 1960: purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd. for £ 273/10/0 (this is the total price for 60.1142-60.1144)

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 193




Diameter: 31 mm. Weight: 17.16 gm.

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The Ancient World


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