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Tridrachm of Koinon of Crete with bust of Gaius (Caligula)

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Obverse: Bust of Caligula to right, with sceptre over left shoulder. Inscription in Greek around. (see media screen for Greek inscription) Reverse: Draped figure of Augustus, radiate, seated left holding patera in right hand, sceptre in left. Seven stars around. (see media screen for inscription)


By date unknown: Sir Arthur Evans Collection; by 1926: with Ars Classica, 31 Quai du Mont-Blanc, Geneva, Switzerland, and Naville & Co., 6 & 8 Rue Pécolat, Geneva (auction 12, Salles de l'Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, October 18-23, 1926, lot 1580: from Sir Arthur Evans Collection); by date unknown: Arthur M. Woodward Collection; by 1962: with Glendining & Co., Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London, W.1 (auction of the A. M. Woodward Collection, September 27, 1962, lot 401); purchased at the Woodward auction on behalf of MFA by Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; February 13, 1963: purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr.

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Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, A.D. 37–41


Gortyn (?), Crete


Diameter: 25.5 mm. Weight: 7.69 gm. Die Axis: 1

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