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Tetradrachm of Alexandria with bust of Probus

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Obverse: Laureate, cuirassed bust of Probus to right. Inscription in Greek. Reverse: Eagle standing left, head turned back, wreath in beak. In left and right fields, Greek letters (Year = 5).


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.

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Everett Fund

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, A.D. 279–280


Alexandria, Egypt


Diameter: 19 mm. Weight: 8.79 gm. Die Axis: 12

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The Ancient World


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