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Sestertius with bust of Vitellius

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Obverse: Bust of Vitellius, right, draped, laureate. AVITELLIVSGERMANICVSIMPAVGPMTRP Reverse: Victory standing facing right, left foot on helmet and inscribing round shield attached to a palm tree. VICTORIA AVGVSTI S C (in field, left and right) OB / CIVES / SERV (on shield)


By 1922: with Naville & Cie., 6 & 8 Rue Pécolat, Geneva, Switzerland (Naville auction 2, Les Galeries Fischer, Lucerne, Switzerland, June 12-14, 1922, lot 433); by date unknown: U.S. Private Collection; April 4, 1935: Anonymous gift to MFA in memory of Zoë Wilbour

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Anonymous gift in memory of Zoë Wilbour (1864–1885)

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 69


Rome, Italy


Diameter: 34 mm. Weight: 27.77 gm. Die Axis: 6

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The Ancient World


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