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ID:     721153
Type:     Roman Provincial
Region:     BITHYNIA
City:     Nicomedia
Issuer:     Nero
Date Ruled:     AD 54-68
Metal:     Bronze
Denomination:     AE 27
Date Struck:     AD circa
Diameter:     27 mm
Weight:     25.10 g
Die Axis:     1 h
Obverse Legend:     ΝΕΡ[]ΔΙΟΣ ΚΑΙΣΑΡ ΣΕΒΑΣΤΟΣ ΙΕΙΜΑΝΙΚΟΣ
Obverse Description:     Laureate bust right, aegis at point of bust; c
Reverse Legend:     NEIKOMHDEIA
Reverse Description:     Nero on horseback prancing right; to right, foot soldier advancing right, looking back, holding vexillum over shoulder and shield; [to left, helmeted foot soldier running right](?). m: GALBA within incuse rectangle
Primary Reference:     For coin: RPC I -
Reference2:     C. Howgego, “Greek legends and Roman types: a Neronian Enigma,” SM 35/140 (1985), pp. 88-92
Reference3:     SNG Cop -; Rec Gen -;
Reference4:     SNG VA -; cf. Gorny & Mosch 134 (11 October 2004), lot 1930; for c/m: Howgego 526 (Perinthus)
Photograph Credit:     Classical Numismatic Group
Source:     http://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=84921
Grade:     VF, variegated green and brown patina, light smoothing
Notes:     Sale: CNG 72, Lot: 1153 Extremely rare. This countermark, always carefully placed to obliterate the face of Nero, is found on coins of Moesia (see MacDowell, NC 1960), Perinthus, and Nicomedia.