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ID:     861970
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     LYDIA
City:     Mostene
Issuer:     Faustina II Jr.
Date Ruled:     Augusta, AD 147-175
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE26
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD Augusta,
Diameter:     26 mm
Weight:     11.81 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Legend:     FAVCTEINA CEBACTH
Obverse Description:     draped bust right
Reverse Legend:     MOCTHNΩN ΛVΔ Ω N
Reverse Description:     The Rape of Persephone: Hades driving quadriga right, head left, holding scepter and grasping the struggling Persephone
Primary Reference:     SNG MÜnchen -
Reference2:     SNG VA -
Reference3:     SNG TÜbingen -
Reference4:     SNG Cop -; BMC -; RPC Online 7790
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Grade:     VF, earthen green patina
Notes:     Very rare, only three examples cited in RPC Online. Hades fell in love with Persephone, the daughter of Demeter, and asked Zeus for permission to marry her. Fearing to offend his eldest brother by a downright refusal but also knowing that Demeter would not forgive him if Persephone were committed to the underworld, Zeus diplomatically answered that he could neither give nor withhold his consent. This act emboldened Hades to abduct Persephone as she was picking flowers in a meadow and carry her away in his horse-drawn chariot to the underworld.