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.
Contrast, however, the celebration of the monuments and sights of Rome's ancient rival Alexandria on the tesserae known as "contorniates": A.
He is mentioned by several writers, and appears on the contorniates, medallions given away in Rome as part of the New Year's festivities.10 But none of this indicates any actual knowledge about his life.