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Aureus with bust of Trajan II Decius

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Obverse: bust of Trajan II Decius, cuirassed and laureate, to the right IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG Reverse: Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopiae; behind, a military standard GENIVS EXERC ILLVRICIANI


By date unknown: private collection; by 1995: with Sotheby's, 34-35 New Bond Street, London W 1, England (Sale LN 5395 [Two Hundred Highly Important Greek and Roman Coins], July 5, 1995, lot 154); by date unknown: European private collection; by 2002: with Numismatica Ars Classica, Niederdorfstrasse 43 CH 8022, Zürich, Switzerland (Auction 24 [Property of a European Nobleman], Hotel Baur au Lac, Talstrasse 1, 8022 Zürich, December 5, 2002, lot 176); 2002/3: purchased by Michael C. Ruettgers; 2009: gift of Michael C. Ruettgers to MFA, June 17, 2009

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Gift of Michael C. Ruettgers

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 249–251




Diameter: 21 mm. Weight: 4.74 gm. Die Axis: 12

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The Ancient World


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