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ID:     74000661
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     TROAS
City:     Abydus
Issuer:     Septimius Severus. Faba Proclus, archon
Date Ruled:     AD 193-211
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE37
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 193-211
Diameter:     37 mm
Weight:     23.74 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Legend:     AV KAI Λ CEΠTIMIOC CEOVHPOC ΠΣΡΤΙΝ
Obverse Description:     Laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right
Reverse Legend:     EΠI APX FABA ΠΡΟΩΛOV / ABVΔHN
Reverse Description:     Leander swimming right across Hellespont toward tower containing Hero standing left, who holds a lighted lamp in extended right hand; below Leander, two dolphins swimming right, one left
Mint:     Abydus
Primary Reference:     cf. Kraft pl. 56, 21 (for obv. type)
Reference2:     SNG Cop -
Reference3:     SNG M√únchen -
Reference4:     BMC 60 corr. (ABVDH) and pl. III, 2; SNG VA -
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=97074
Grade:     Good VF, black-green and brown patina.
Notes:     Sale: Triton X, Lot: 661 The tragic love-story of Hero and Leander was a popular theme with Classical and Renaissance poets and playwrights. Leander was a young man from Abydus, located on the Asian side of the Hellespont. Across the water in Sestus lived Hero, a virgin and priestess of Aphrodite. Enamored of Hero, Leander would swim each night two miles across the strait to woo her and, in the early morning, swim back to Abydus. To guide him in this dangerous journey, Hero would climb a tower on the shore near Sestus with a lamp. One stormy night, however, Leander, drowned when the storm put out the light. When Hero became aware of his death, she cast herself in despair from the tower into the waters below, and too was drowned.