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Sestertius with bust of Hadrian

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Obverse: Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped, cuirassed, right. IMPCAESARTRAIAN HADRIANVSAVG Reverse: Ceres, standing left, holds long torch in left hand, corn ears in right. PMTRP COSIII in field: S C

Provenance

By date unknown: Edward Bunbury Collection; by date unknown: C. E. Mackerell Collection; by 1906: with Sotheby, Wilkinson & Hodge, Wellington Street, Strand, London (auction of the Mackerell Collection, May 16-18, 1906, lot 139: from the Bunbury Collection); by date unknown: Henry Platt Hall Collection; by 1950: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W. 1 (Glendining auction of the Hall Collection, November 16-17, 20-21, 1950, lot 1389, partial); by date unknown in the 1950s: Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection; November 17, 1982: gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA in the name of Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III in the Name of Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 121–122

Mint

Rome

Dimensions

Diameter: 34.5 mm. Weight: 24.06 gm. Die Axis: 6

Accession Number

1982.601

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins