Contorniate with bust of Nero

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


Mint: Rome

Dimensions

Diameter: 37 mm. Weight: 20.90 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number

64.1457

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Numismatics, Tokens and contorniates

Obverse: Laureate bust of Nero right.
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Reverse: Captive barbarians in the schema of Apollo, Marsyas, and the Scythian: the man, nude and bearded stands to left, his hands tied behind him against a tree. The draped woman is seated on a rock to right, in attitude of sadness. At right, a kneeling infant.

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 496); purchased by MFA at Münzen und Medaillen auction 28; accessioned September 23, 1964

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour