Contorniate with bust of Nero

Roman
Imperial Period
Mid–late 4th century A.D.


Mint: Rome

Dimensions

Diameter: 36.5 mm. Weight: 24.20 gm. Die Axis: 6

Accession Number

64.1456

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tokens and contorniates

Obverse: Laureate bust of Nero right, in front a punched-out monogram.
IMPNEROCAESARAVGPMAX
Reverse: Olympias, mother of Alexander the Great, veiled and draped, reclining on couch to left and caressing a serpent who rears up in front of her.

Provenance

By 1964: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (Münzen und Medaillen A.G. auction 28, June 19-20, 1964, lot 495); purchased by MFA at Münzen und Medaillen auction 28; accessioned September 23, 1964

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour