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Aureus with head of Gaius (Caligula)

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Obverse: head of Gaius (Caligula), to the right. Around: C CAESAR AVG GERM P M TR POT COS Reverse: head of Augustus, radiate, to the right between a pair of six-pointed stars


1954: purchased privately, thence in a European private collection; by 2003: with Leu Numismatics Ltd., In Gassen 20, CH-8001 Zürich, Switzerland (Auction 87 [Roman Gold Coins from the Collection of a Perfectionist], Hotel Savoy-Baur en Ville, Poststrasse 12, CH-8001, Zurich, May 6, 2003, lot 5); 2003: purchased by Michael C. Ruettgers; December 16, 2009: gift of Michael C. Ruettgers to MFA

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Gift of Michael C. Ruettgers

Roman, Imperial Period, A.D. 37


Lugdunum, Gaul


Diameter: 18.5 mm. Weight: 7.81 gm. Die Axis: 2

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The Ancient World


Numismatics, Coins