Sestertius with bust of Hostilian, struck under Trajan II Decius
about A.D. 251
Diameter: 29 mm. Weight: 14.47 gm. Die Axis: 12
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Obverse: Bust of Hostilian, right.
[C VALENS HOS]TIL MES Q[VINTVS N C]
Reverse: Apollo seated left, holding laurel branch in right hand
[PRINCI]PI IVVENTVTISS [C]
December, 1885, discovered by Don Mariano Lazzari at Cerveteri, Italy and sold, through Pietro Pennelli, to Rodolfo Lanciani (b. 1845 – d. 1929), Rome; 1888, sold by Lanciani to the MFA for $491.89 [purchase price for MFA accession nos. 88.345 – 88.530]. (Accession Date: January 1, 1888)
NOTE: See Helen Nagy, "Etruscan Votive Terracottas from Cerveteri in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston: A Glimpse into the History of the Collection," Etruscan Studies 11 (2008), pp. 101-119.