Trial piece for a medallion with facing busts of Marcus Aurelius and Lucius Verus

Imperial Period
2nd century A.D.

Mint: Rome


Diameter: 48.5 mm.

Accession Number


Medium or Technique


Not On View


The Ancient World



Obverse: Draped, cuirassed bust of Marcus Aurelius facing draped, cuirassed bust of Lucius Verus. No legend.
Reverse: Plain.


Known since the 17th century in a Dal Pozzo-Albani drawing at Windsor Castle; by 1935: with Münzhandlung Basel, Aeschenvorstadt 37, Basel, Switzerland (Münzhandlung Basel auction 3, auction of a collection largely formed by Prince W. toward the end of the 18th century, March 4-5, 1935, lot 555); by date unknown: Thomas Ollive Mabbott Collection; by 1969: with The Hans M. F. Schulman Gallery, 25 West 45th Street, New York 10017 (auction of the Mabbott Collection, part 2, October 29, 1969, lot 4794); by 1974: with Alex G. Malloy, P.O. Box 38, So. Salem, New York 10590; purchased by MFA from Alex G. Malloy, April 10, 1974

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Zoë Wilbour