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ID:     73000719
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     LYDIA
City:     Nysa
Issuer:     Faustina Junior
Date Ruled:     AD Augusta, 147-175
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE 18
Struck / Cast:     struck
Date Struck:     AD 147-175
Diameter:     18 mm
Weight:     4.68 g
Die Axis:     12 h
Obverse Legend:     ╬ŽAVCTEINA CEBACTH
Obverse Description:     Diademed and draped bust right
Reverse Legend:     NVCA [ ]
Reverse Description:     Hades in quadriga right, dragging away protesting Persephone
Primary Reference:     SNG Cop 319
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=91203
Grade:     VF, green patina with earthen overtones.
Notes:     Sale: CNG 73, Lot: 719 Ex Marcel Burstein Collection (Peus 366, 25 October 2000), lot 709.According to the Homeric Hymn to Demeter, 15-18, Persephone was picking flowers with her companions in the Vale of Nysa, when the ground opened up and Hades seized her.