Gold Solidus of Irene, 797-802 CE
Gold Solidus of Irene, 797-802 CE

Beginning in the 1950s, Ottilia M. Buerger ’38 assembled a collection of ancient Greek, Roman, and Byzantine coins that is widely regarded as one of the finest in the United States. Guided by the conviction that ancient coins were small and beautiful eyewitnesses to history, Miss Buerger believed that her “baubles,” as she called them, could bring a vivid reality to the past. She bequeathed her collection to Lawrence University for use students and faculty.

 

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