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Sestertius with bust of Hadrian

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Obverse: Laureate, draped bust of Hadrian to right. HADRIANVS AVGCOSIIIPP Reverse: Emperor holding roll stands at left facing Mauretania standing at right with vexillum in left hand and in right patera above lighted altar. Behind altar, bull. ADVENTVIAVG MAVRETANIAE in ex.: SC


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 116, partial); by 1965: with A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., The Adelphi, 1-11 John Adam Street, London W.C. 2, England; purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., April 14, 1965

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 134–138




Diameter: 33.5 mm. Weight: 26.63 gm. Die Axis: 6

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