Contorniate with head of Vespasian

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

Mint: Rome


Diameter: 37.5 mm. Weight: 20.40 gm. Die Axis: 12

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World


Tokens and contorniates

Obverse: Laureate head of Vespasian to right.
Reverse: Hunter to right, spear in both hands pointed at boar at right. A dog leaps up on the boar. In center background, a tree.


By 1902: with Jacob Hirsch, Reichenbachstrasse 15/1, Munich, Germany (Hirsch auction 7, June 2f., 1902, lot 1498); by date unknown: Henry Platt Hall collection; by 1950: with Glendining & Co. Ltd., 7 Blenheim Street, New Bond Street, London W1 (auction of the Hall Collection, part 2, November 16-17, 20-21, 1950, lot 2145); by 1974: with Münzen und Medaillen A.G., Malzgasse 25, Basel, Switzerland; May 9, 1974: purchased from Münzen und Medaillen A.G. by Mary B. Comstock for MFA; gift of Mary B. Comstock to MFA, June 6, 1974

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Mary B. Comstock