contorniate


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contorniate

(kɒnˈtɔːnɪət)
adj
(of a coin or medallion) having a circular groove near the edge of the disc, the circumference of which is just smaller than the circumference of the object itself
n
a contorniate coin or medallion
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The other classical representations comprise two Pompeian wall paintings, three contorniates, and a miniature in a Virgil manuscript in the Vatican.
He is mentioned by several writers, and appears on the contorniates, medallions given away in Rome as part of the New Year's festivities.
3) suggests that the crown worn by Apeleius in the contorniates is priestly and should thus be connected with the provincial priesthood; this seems improbable, as all the other portraits of literary figures are simply Portratfiktionen with little historical basis.