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Aureus with bust of Maximian I Herculius

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Obverse: head of Maximian, laureate, to the right; MAXIMI ANVS P F AVG Reverse: head of Hercules, to the right, wearing lionskin headdress; HERCVLI CON SERVATORI


1922: found as part of the Arras Hoard at Beaurains in northern France, May 22, 1922; by 1930: with Jacques Schulman, Keizersgracht 448, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Auction, June 5, 1930, lot 600) ; by about 1930: de Guermantes Collection, Switzerland and France; by 2003: with Leu Numismatics Ltd., In Gassen 20, CH-8001 Zürich, Switzerland (Auction 86 [Ancient Coins], Hotel Savoy-Baur en Ville, Poststrasse 12, CH-8001, Zurich, May 5-6, 2003, lot 972); 2003: purchased by Michael C. Ruettgers; 2009: gift of Michael C. Ruettgers to MFA, December 16, 2009

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Gift of Michael C. Ruettgers

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 302




Diameter: 20 mm. Weight: 4.94 gm. Die Axis: 5

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The Ancient World


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