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ID:     750446
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     MOESIA INFERIOR
City:     Nicopolis ad Istrum
Issuer:     Septimius Severus
Date Ruled:     AD 193-211
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE 26
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 193-211
Diameter:     26 mm
Weight:     12.36 g
Obverse Legend:     AVT Λ CEΠTI - CEVΗPOC Π
Obverse Description:     Laureate head right
Reverse Legend:     ΥΠ ΑΥΡ ΓΑΛΛΟΥ ΝΙΚΟΠΟΛΙΤ ΠΡΟC ΙCΤΡ
Reverse Description:     Hercules subduing the Cretan bull left
Primary Reference:     AMNG I 1309
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=56496
Grade:     VF, dark green patina.
Notes:     Aurelius Galus, magistrate. The reverse depticts the 7th of the Labors of Hercules, in which he was given the task of capturing alive the bull on which Europa arrived in Crete. Another account of this Labor tells that this was the bull that King Midas witheld from sacrifice to Poseidon and which sired the Minotaur. According to the legend, Hercules captured the bull, which he subsequently released after showing it to Eurystheus.