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ID:     151116
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     MOESIA INFERIOR
City:     Istrus
Issuer:     Septimius Severus
Date Ruled:     AD 193-211
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE 30
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 193-211
Diameter:     30 mm
Weight:     15.02 g
Obverse Legend:     A K Λ CEΠΤ CEVHΡOC Π
Obverse Description:     Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind
Reverse Legend:     ICTΡ I H N ΩN
Reverse Description:     Bearded god riding right on horseback; bird (raven) atop torch behind
Primary Reference:     AMNG I, 492
Reference2:     SNG Cop -
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=42758
Grade:     Good VF, dark brown patina
Notes:     Rare. The reverse presents a paradox. The polos atop the head of the bearded figure clearly indicates this is a god; the dress that of an eastern god.Though no definitive attribution has been made, the bird (raven) and torch argue for Mithras. This god, however, is traditionally depicted as a beardless young man, nor upon a horse; these attributes reflect more Persian influence.