User Menu

MFA for Educators

Engage your students with the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, to illustrate themes and concepts in any discipline.

Sestertius with bust of Vespasian

Start collecting

Obverse: Bust of Vespasian, laureate, right. IMPCAESVESPASAVGPMTRPPPCOSIII (line above three I's) Reverse: Roma, in Amazon garb, standing turned left, Victoriola on right hand, sceptre in left. ROMA S C (in field left and right)


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 56); by date unknown: Richard Cyril Lockett Collection; 1959: with Glendining & Co., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W.1 (Glendining & Co. auction of Richard Cyril Lockett Collection, part 8, May 26, 1959, lot 18); by 1960: with A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd., 3 Robert Street, Adelphi, London; December 14, 1960: purchased by MFA from A. H. Baldwin & Sons, Ltd. for £ 340/0/0 (this is the total price for 60.1430-60.1434)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 71




Diameter: 34 mm. Weight: 26.98 gm. Die Axis: 6

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins