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ID:     40-086
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     Mysia
City:     Cyzicus
Issuer:     Nero
Date Ruled:     54-68
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE 16
Date Struck:     63-68
Diameter:     16.4 mm
Weight:     4.19 g
Die Axis:     1 h
Obverse Legend:     NEPΩN
Obverse Description:     bare head of Nero right; in left field, ΦΥ monogram
Reverse Legend:     K-Y-Z-I
Reverse Description:     draped bust of empress right, ΦΥ monogram
Primary Reference:     RPC 2249
Reference2:     SNG BN -
Photograph Credit:     Agora Auctions, Inc.
Grade:     aVF
Notes:     (1) Agora Auction 40: Lot No. 86; (2) Only three specimens cited by RPC, all in museum collections (one in Berlin, two in the BM [but both aquired subsequent to the publication of BMC Mysia]). Additionally, no further specimens are mentioned in the various RPC supplements. RPC 1 p. 383 describes the reverse empress. "The bust on the reverse was regarded by Hasluck (NC, 1906, p. 27, no. 4), von Fritze (Nomisma X 1917, p. 14) and vA Index as that of Agrippina II. Although certainty is not at the moment possible (because of the small size and relatively poor preservation of the coins), the portrait of Nero seems to be the "steps" portrait, introduced in 63. If so, the bust should be that of Poppaea (or possibly Statilia Messalina).