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Sestertius with bust of Trajan

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Obverse: Bust of Trajan, right, laureate, draped. IMPCAESNERTRAIANOOPTIMOAVGGERDACPARTHICOPMTRPCOSVIPP Reverse: Trajan seated left, crowning Parthian king (Parthamaspates). An officer stands behind Trajan, and Parthia personified kneels in front of the podium to receive the...

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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 137); by date unknown: Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule Collection; gift to MFA from Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III in honor of their daughter Emily D. B. Vermeule, January 11, 1978; reassigned to the Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour, January 11, 1978

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 116–117




Diameter: 34 mm. Weight: 23.90 gm. Die Axis: 6

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The Ancient World


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