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ID:     43-107
     [UNVERIFIED]
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     Syria, Phoenicia
City:     Tyre
Issuer:     Valerian I
Date Ruled:     253-260
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE 28
Date Struck:     253-260
Diameter:     27.5 mm
Weight:     6.00 g
Die Axis:     1 h
Obverse Legend:     IMP CP LIC VALERIANVS AVG
Obverse Description:     Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Reverse Legend:     COLT VRO METRO / ΔI-ΔN
Reverse Description:     Dido standing left holding a ruler and scepter, surveying construction; mason above gate, worker with pick-axe digging before gate; ΔI-ΔN on either side of worker, murex shell above
Primary Reference:     Rouvier 2501 var.
Reference2:     BMC 470 var
Photograph Credit:     Agora Auctions, Inc.
Source:     http://agoraauctions.com
Grade:     aVF
Notes:     (1) Agora Auction 43: Lot No. 107; (2) After her husband Sichaeus was murdered, Dido fled the city of Tyre to Egypt. Here, she requested only enough land which could be enclosed by one bull's hide. She tore the hide into strips and surrounded a spot upon which she built a citadel which she called Byrsa. The city of Carthage sprung up around the citadel. None of the standard references list Dido's name in the reverse field, although one was sold by CNG in 2010, who failed to mention the uniqueness of that coin.; (3) Ex Amphora Coins