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Coin of Seleucia Sidera with bust of Severus Alexander

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Obverse: Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust of Severus Alexander to right. Inscription in Greek around. Reverse: Nude Herakles-Hermes stands, facing, a club in the right hand and a kerykeion in the left. Inscription in Greek around. (see media screen for Greek inscriptions)

Provenance

By date unknown: Hans von Aulock Collection, Istanbul, Turkey (SNG von Aulock 12 [1964], no. 5230); 1978: with Auctiones A.G., Aeschengraben 14, Basel, Switzerland (Auction 8, June 27-28, 1978, lot 467); 1978: purchased by Cornelius C. Vermeule III at Auctiones AG Auction 8; 2004-2008: lent by Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA (as L-G 115.8.2004); gift of Cornelius C. Vermeule III to MFA, October 22, 2008

Credit Line

Gift of Cornelius C. Vermeule III

Roman Provincial, Imperial Period, A.D. 222–235

Mint

Seleucia Sidera, Pisidia

Dimensions

Diameter: 26 mm. Weight: 8.61 gm. Die Axis: 5

Accession Number

2008.1063

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Coins