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ID:     781769
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     PONTUS
City:     Trapezus
Issuer:     Lucius Verus
Date Ruled:     AD 161-169
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE29
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 161-169
Diameter:     29 mm
Weight:     13.17 g
Die Axis:     6 h
Obverse Legend:     ΑVΤΑΚΠΑΤωΠ ΟVΗPΟC CΕΒΑCΤ
Obverse Description:     Bare head right
Reverse Legend:     TPAΠEZOVTIΩN ETOV EPς
Reverse Description:     Radiate and draped bust of Mithras right, wearing Phrygian cap, seen from behind; behind, head of horse right
Primary Reference:     RG 11
Reference2:     SNG Cop -
Reference3:     SNG VA -
Reference4:     Gorny & Mosch 129, lot 234 (same dies)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=99735
Grade:     Good VF, green patina
Notes:     Very rare. Mithras, the central god of the syncretic Hellenistic mystery religion known as Mithraism, was of Persian origin. There, known as Mithra, he served as a mediator between the supreme god Ahura-Mazda and humankind. His attributes were varied, but he soon became associated as a divinity of light and much of the symbolism of the mystery cult that developed around him is cosmologic. The chief participants of the cult were the military, attracted to the masculine aspect of the god and his selfless sacrifice to duty.