Contorniate with bust of Trajan

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


Mint: Rome

Dimensions

Diameter: 38.5 mm. Weight: 20.73 gm. Die Axis: 6

Accession Number

68.612

Medium or Technique

Bronze

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Tokens and contorniates

Obverse: Laureate, cuirassed bust of Trajan right, with aegis. At right, palm branch.
TRAIANVSAVGCOSIIIIPP
Reverse: Water organ. At left a performer holding a score in raised right hand. Below him a basket. At right a leaf.
LAVRENTI NICA

Provenance

By date unknown: Walter Niggeler Collection; by 1967: with Bank Leu & Co. AG, Bahnhofstrasse 32, Zurich, Switzerland and Münzen und Medaillen AG, Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland (auction of the Niggeler Collection, pt. 3, Malzgasse 25, Basel, November 2-3, 1967, lot 1596); by 1968: with Robert E. Hecht, Jr.; purchased by MFA from Robert E. Hecht, Jr., October 9, 1968

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour