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Sestertius of Gallic Empire with bust of Postumus

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Obverse: Radiate, draped, cuirassed bust of Postumus right. IMPCMCASSLA[TPOSTVMVS?] AVG Reverse: Galley with four rowers. LAETITIA below: AVG


Ex Sotheby 1898, lot 160; by date unknown: H. P. Hall Collection; by 1950: with Glendining & Co. Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London (auction 2 of the H. P. Hall Collection, November 20, lot 1936, partial); probably by late 1950: purchased by Cornelius C. Vermeule III; gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA, December 16, 1998

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Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Cornelius C. Vermeule III

Roman, Imperial Period, about A.D. 260


Lugdunum, Gallic Empire


Diameter: 34.5 mm. Weight: 19.03 gm. Die Axis: 4

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The Ancient World


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