Follis with bust of Crispus, struck under Constantine I
about A.D. 320
Diameter: 19.5 mm. Weight: 3.02 gm. Die Axis: 6
Medium or Technique
Not On View
Obverse: Bust of Crispus to left„ laureate, draped and cuirassed, with shield and spear.
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Reverse: Two captives seated at base of standard inscribed VOT X
VIRTVS EXERCIT In exergue ?SIS
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.