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Sestertius with bust of Hadrian

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Obverse: Laureate bust of Hadrian to right. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVSPP Reverse: Hilaritas standing, palm in right hand, cornucopia in left. At left, small nude male figure; at right small draped female figure. In field: S C HILA RI TASPR in ex.: COSIII


By date unknown: L. P. G. Messenger Collection; by 1951: with Glendining & Co. Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London (auction of the L. P. G. Messenger Collection, November 21, lot 146); probably by late 1951: Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA, December 16, 1998

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

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 128–132




Diameter: 34.5 mm. Weight: 24.36 gm. Die Axis: 6

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The Ancient World


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