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Art of the Ancient World: July 2009–June 2010

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Aureus with bust of Severus II

A.D. 305–306
Diameter: 17.5 mm. Weight: 5.42 gm. Die Axis: 12

Classification: Numismatics

Culture: Roman

Mint: Trier, Gaul

Period: Imperial Period, 2nd Tetrarchy

Accession number: 2010.389

Location: Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery of Ancient Coins

Description: Obverse: head of Severus II, laureate. To the right: SEVERVS NOB CAES Reverse: Jupiter enthoned, facing left, holding long scpeter in left hand and thunderbolt in right hand. IOVI CONSERVATORI AVGG ET CAESS NN in exergue: TR

Provenance/Ownership History: May 22, 1922: found as part of the Arras Hoard at Beaurains in northern France and probably sold on the European market shortly thereafter. Juliaan Taelman collection, Bruges, Belgium; by 1978: purchased privately from Taelman by a European private collector; 2003: with Leu Numismatik A.G., 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 109); by 2006: with Numismatica Genevensis S.A., Rond-point de Plainpalais 1, CH-1205 Geneva, Switzerland (Auction 4, Hotel Beau-rivage, 13 Quai du Mont Blance, CH-1201, Geneva, December 11-12, 2006, lot 258); purchased by Michael C. Ruettgers; 2010: gift of Michael C. Ruettgers to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 16, 2010)

Gift of Michael C. Ruettgers