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Sestertius with head of Vespasian

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Obverse: Head of Vespasian, laureate, right. IMPCAESVESPASAVGPMTRPPPCOSIIII (line above four I's) Reverse: Salus, draped, seated towards left, holding patera extended in right hand and vertical sceptre in left. SALVS AVGVSTA SC (in exergue)


By date unknown: Henry Platt Hall Collection; 1950: with Glendining & Co. Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W 1 (Glendining & Co. auction of Henry Platt Hall Collection, part 2, November 16-21, 1950, lot 1187 [as "Astronomer sale, 1906, lot 518, and formerly Weber, 1893, lot 143"]); purchased at Glendining & Co. auction of Hall Collection by Münzen und Medaillen, A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; sold by Münzen und Medaillen, A.G. to MFA, September 11, 1952, for $ 60.00

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 72–73




Diameter: 34 mm. Weight: 25.36 gm. Die Axis: 6

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The Ancient World


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