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Aureus with bust of Trajan

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Obverse: bust of Trajan, laureate, to the right, with aegis on left shoulder and globe below IMP CAES NER TRAIANO OPTIMO AVG GER DAC Reverse: Fortuna seated to the left, holding rudder in right hand and cornucopiae in left P M TR P COS VI P P S P Q R; below: FORT RED


By date unknown: Giuseppe Mazzini (b. 1883) Collection, Torino, Italy [Mazzini II (1957), p. 20, no. 151 and pl. VI]; by 1968: with AG. Leu & Co., Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich, Switzerland and Adolph Hess AG., Haldenstrasse 5, Lucerne, Switzerland (Hess-Leu Auction 36, Lucerne, April 17, 1968, lot 472); by 1983: with Bank Leu AG, Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich, Switzerland (Auction 33, May 3, 1983, lot 48); by 2002: with Leu Numismatics Ltd., In Gassen 20 CH 8001, Zürich (Auction 83, May 6-7, 2002, lot 757); 2002: purchased by Michael C. Ruettgers; December 17, 2008: gift of Michael C. Ruettgers to MFA

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Gift of Michael C. Ruettgers

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 114–117




Diameter: 19 mm. Weight: 7.43 gm. Die Axis: 7

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