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Sestertius with bust of Nero

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Obverse: Bust of Nero, laureate, right, globe at point of bust. NERO.CLAVD.CAESAR.AVG.GER.P.M.TR [PIMPPP] Reverse: Port of Ostia with eight ships and figure standing on column at top center. Neptune with dolphin in left hand and rudder in right reclines below between pier at left and...

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By date unknown: L. P. G. Messenger Collection; by 1951: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London W. 1 (Glendining auction of the Messenger Collection, November 21, 1951, lot 113); by date unknown in the 1950s: Cornelius C. Vermeule III Collection; 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, about A.D. 65




Diameter: 36.5 mm. Weight: 25.85 gm. Die Axis: 7

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The Ancient World


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