Lent by National Museum, U Thong, Suphanburi, Thailand, bequeathed by Air Vice Marshal Montri Haanawichai (306/2509)
Not on view
Large quantities of Roman coins dating from the first to the fifth century have been recovered in southern India and Sri Lanka, where they were of considerable importance to the local economies. Some circulated to mainland Southeast Asia, as seen at Oc Eo in the Mekong Delta and at early urban centers such as U Thong in central Thailand. This coin, from a provincial Roman minting struck during the reign of Victorinus, was minted in Cologne in 269–71. It found its way into the long-distance India trade and thence to U Thong, a terminus of the Thai peninsular route.
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Found at U Thong, Suphanburi province, Thailand. Bequeathed in 1966 by Air Vice-Marshal Montri Haanawichai to the U Thong National Museum.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia, 5th to 8th Century," April 14, 2014–July 27, 2014.
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