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73000719
Sale: CNG 73, Lot: 719. Estimate $150. 
Closing Date: Wednesday, 13 September 2006. 
Sold For $160. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

LYDIA, Nysa. Faustina Junior. Augusta, AD 147-175. Æ 18mm (4.68 g, 12h). Diademed and draped bust right / Hades in quadriga right, dragging away protesting Persephone. SNG Copenhagen 319. VF, green patina with earthen overtones.



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.