Aureus with side-by-side busts of Postumus and Hercules

Roman
Imperial Period
about A.D. 269


Mint: Germany, Cologne

Dimensions

Diameter: 20 mm. Weight: 5.79 gm. Die Axis: 7

Accession Number

1990.316

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Busts of Postumus and Hercules, laureate, left.
POSTVMVSPIVSFELIXAVG
Reverse: Hercules left, seen from behind, fighting Nemean lion.
 HERCVLINEMAEO

Provenance

By date unknown: Sir Arthur Evans Collection; by 1934: with Ars Classica S.A., 31 Quai du Mont-Blanc, Geneva, Switzerland (Ars Classica auction 17, including the Sir Arthur Evans Collection, Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, October 3 ff., 1934, lot 1772); by 1979: with Bank Leu AG, Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich, Switzerland (Leu auction 22, Savoy Hotel - Baur en Ville, Zurich, May 8-9, 1979, lot 345); by date unknown: Nelson Bunker Hunt Collection; by 1990: with Sotheby's, 1334 York Avenue, New York, N.Y. 10021 (auction of the Hunt Collection, June 19, 1990, lot 145); purchased by MFA at the Sotheby's auction; June 27, 1990: accessioned by MFA

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour