Solidus with bust of Aelia Pulcheria

Roman
Imperial Period
A.D. 441–450


Mint: Constantinople

Dimensions

Diameter: 21 mm. Weight: 4.39 gm.

Accession Number

35.333

Medium or Technique

Gold

Not On View

Collections

The Ancient World

Classifications

Coins

Obverse: Bust of Pulcheria right, diademed, crowned by a hand. She is richly clad.
AELPVLCH ERIA AVG
Reverse: Constantinopolis helmeted, seated left holding sceptre and globe with cross. Right foot rests on prow of ship. Behind, shield. In field, left, star.
IMPXXXXII COSXVIIPP In exergue: COMOB

Provenance

By date unknown: Clarence S. Bement Collection; 1924: with Naville & Cie., 6 & 8 Rue Pécolat, Geneva, Switzerland (Naville auction 8 [Clarence S. Bement Collection], Hôtel Schweizerhof, Lucerne, Switzerland, June 25-28, 1924, lot 1625); by date unknown: U.S. Private Collection; anonymous gift to MFA, April 4, 1935

Credit Line

Anonymous gift in memory of Zoë Wilbour (1864–1885)