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Sestertius with bust of Hadrian

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Obverse: Bust of Hadrian, laureate, draped, cuirassed. IMPCAESARTRAIAN HADRIANVSAVG Reverse: Virtus stands facing front, right foot on helmet, spear in right hand, parazonium on left arm. PM TR P CO SIII VIR T AVG / S - C (in field)


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 420 [partial]); by date unknown after the auction: with A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Robert Street, Adelphi, London; July 24, 1949? or later: purchased by Cornelius C. Vermeule III from A. H. Baldwin & Sons; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA, December 17, 1986

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

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 121–122




Diameter: 34.5 mm. Weight: 28.70 gm. Die Axis: 6

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