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ID:     721161
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     LESBOS
City:     Mytilene
Issuer:     Julia Procula
Date Ruled:     Circa AD 139-161
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE27
Struck / Cast:     struck
Diameter:     27 mm
Weight:     11.12 g
Die Axis:     7 h
Obverse Legend:     ΙΟΥ ΠΡΟΚΥ ΛΑΝ ΗΡΩΙΔΑ
Obverse Description:     Draped bust of Julia Procula right, hair coiled on top of head
Reverse Legend:     ΕΠΙ ΣΤΠΑ ΑΠΟΛΛΩΝΙ / ΜΥΤΙ
Reverse Description:     Sappho seated right on low stool, playing cithara; ΑΠΟΛΛΟΝΙ(OV) in legend
Primary Reference:     BMC 165
Reference2:     SNG Cop -
Reference3:     SNG VA -
Reference4:     SNG Hunterian 1313
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=84929
Grade:     Fine, light overall porosity
Notes:     Sale: CNG 72, Lot: 1161 Rare. This coin depicting Julia Procula is one of a series honoring noteworthy citizens. Based on the similarity of Procula’s hairstyle with that of Faustina Sr., Wroth dated the coin to the period of the later Antonines. The poet Sappho (circa 650-600 BC) was the region’s most prominent citizen.