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Sestertius with bust of Hadrian

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Obverse: Bust of Hadrian, laureate, right, with drapery on left shoulder. HADRIANVS AVGVSTVS Reverse: Neptune standing left, right foot on prow, holds dolphin in right hand, trident in left. COS III S C (in field right and left)


By date unknown: George Bauer Collection; by 1963: with Glendining & Co., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W.1 (Glendining & Co. auction of George Bauer Collection, January 23, 1963, lot 1242); January 23, 1963: purchased by Spink & Son, Ltd., 5, 6 & 7 King Street, St. James's, London, S.W. 1 at Glendining & Co. auction; March 20, 1963: purchased by MFA from Spink & Son, Ltd.

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 125–128




Diameter: 34.5 mm. Weight: 28.38 gm. Die Axis: 6

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