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Sestertius with bust of Trajan

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Obverse: Bust of Trajan, laureate, right, drapery on left shoulder. IMPCAESNERVAETRAIANOAVGGERDACPMTRPCOSVPP Reverse: Temple with eight columns on podium with three steps. Colonnades to left and right. In center, seated figure on high base. In pediment, seated figure between two reclining...

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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 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. 107–111




Diameter: 34.5 mm. Weight: 25.38 gm. Die Axis: 7

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The Ancient World


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