Tetradrachm of Alexandria with bust of Probus
Mint: Egypt, Alexandria
Diameter: 19 mm. Weight: 8.79 gm. Die Axis: 12
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Obverse: Laureate, cuirassed bust of Probus to right.
Inscription in Greek.
Reverse: Eagle standing left, head turned back, wreath in beak.
In left and right fields, letters for year 5.
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.