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Tetradrachm of Alexandria with bust of Faustina II

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Obverse: Draped bust of Faustina to right. Inscription in Greek. Reverse: Dikaiosyne seated left, scales in right hand, cornucopia in left. Inscriptions in Greek. (see media screen for Greek inscriptions)

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. 148–149

Mint

Alexandria, Egypt

Dimensions

Diameter: 22 mm. Weight: 11.72 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

88.385

Medium or Technique

Billon

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins