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Sestertius with bust of Diva Faustina II, struck under Marcus Aurelius

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Obverse: Draped bust of Diva Faustina II to right. DIVAFAV STINAPIA Reverse: Empress standing, holding long lighted torch. SIDERIBVS RE CEPTA In field: S C


Said to have been in the Earl Fitzwilliam Collection; 1949: probably 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 211, partial); 1951-1953: probably with A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., Robert Street, Adelphi, London, W.C. 2 and purchased at that time by Cornelius C. Vermeule III; 1998 year-end gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA

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

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 176–180




Diameter: 31.5 mm. Weight: 27.10 gm. Die Axis: 12

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The Ancient World


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