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Sestertius with bust of Gordian III

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Obverse: Laureate bust of Gordian III, to right. IMP GORDIANVS PIVS FEL AVG. Reverse: Mars, walking right, holding transverse spear in right hand and shield on left arm. In left and right field, low, S C. P M TR P VII COS II P P.

Provenance

December, 1885, discovered by Don Mariano Lazzari at Cerveteri, Italy and sold, through Pietro Pennelli, to Rodolfo Lanciani (b. 1845 – d. 1929), Rome; 1888, sold by Lanciani to the MFA for $491.89 [purchase price for MFA accession nos. 88.345 – 88.530]. (Accession Date: January 1, 1888) NOTE: See Helen Nagy, "Etruscan Votive Terracottas from Cerveteri in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: A Glimpse into the History of the Collection," Etruscan Studies 11 (2008), pp. 101-119.

Credit Line

Everett Fund

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 244

Mint

Rome

Dimensions

Diameter: 30 mm. Weight: 16.03 gm.

Accession Number

88.471

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins