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Tetradrachm of Alexandria with bust of Diocletian

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Obverse: Laureate, cuirassed bust of Diocletian to right, wearing paludamentum. Inscription in Greek. Reverse: Elpis standing left, holding flower in rght hand and raising skirt with left. In field left, Greek letters (Year = 1).

Provenance

December, 1885, discovered by Don Mariano Lazzari at Cerveteri, Italy and sold, through Pietro Pennelli, to Rodolfo Lanciani (b. 1845 – d. 1929), Rome; 1888, sold by Lanciani to the MFA for $491.89 [purchase price for MFA accession nos. 88.345 – 88.530]. (Accession Date: January 1, 1888) NOTE: See Helen Nagy, "Etruscan Votive Terracottas from Cerveteri in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: A Glimpse into the History of the Collection," Etruscan Studies 11 (2008), pp. 101-119.

Credit Line

Everett Fund

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, A.D. 284–285

Mint

Alexandria, Egypt

Dimensions

Diameter: 21 mm. Weight: 6.9 gm. Die Axis: 11

Accession Number

88.388

Medium or Technique

Billon

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins