Pendant mounted with aureus of Hostilian
about A.D. 250–251
Diameter of pendant including loop: 38.5 mm.; weight (including setting but not the two extra pieces): 13.67 gm.; die axis of coin: 6 The two tubes are each about 32.5 mm. long.
Medium or Technique
Michael C. Ruettgers Gallery for Ancient Coins (Gallery 212C)
Obverse: Bare headed and draped bust of Hostilianus to right.
Reverse: Hostilianus standing left, holding standard in right hand, reversed spear in left.
Mounted in a contemporary Roman gold mount with a ribbed suspension loop that is still wearable. Loop has a copper lining that prevented heavy wear on the gold. Two gold tubes remain.
By date unknown: with Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., P.O. Box 479, Lancaster, Pa 17608-0479, Freeman and Sear, P.O. Box 641352, Los Angeles, CA 90064-6352, and Numismatica Ars Classica, Niederdorfstrasse 43, CH-8025, Zurich, Switzerland (Triton III sale, The New York Marriott World Trade Center, Three World Trade Center, New York, NY 10048, November 30 and December 1, lot 1153); purchased at Triton III sale on behalf of MFA by Antiqua, Inc., 20969 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 11, Woodlands Hills, CA 91364; January 26, 2000: purchased by MFA from Antiqua Inc.
Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour