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Sestertius with bust of Marcus Aurelius, struck under Antoninus Pius

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Obverse: Bust of Marcus Aurelius, right, drapery on both shoulders. AVRELIVSCAESAR AVGPIIFCOSII Reverse: Hilaritas standing, head left, palm in right hand, cornucopia in left. HIL A RITAS in field: S C


by date unknown: Henry Platt Hall Collection; by 1950: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London W 1 (auction of the Hall Collection, part II, November 16-17, 20-21, 1950, lot 1523, partial); by 1952: with A. H. Baldwin; September 1952; purchaed from A. H. Baldwin by Cornelius C. Vermeule III: gift to MFA from Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III in the name of Cornelius Adrian Comstock Vermeule, November 17, 1982

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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. 145




Diameter: 31.5 mm. Weight: 25.44 gm. Die Axis: 12

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