AE18. 2.81g, 18.4mm
MINTED: MOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis ad Istrum, circa AD 198-217
REF: Varbanov 3001 (R4)
OBVERSE: AV K M AV ANTΩNIN, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC IC, head of Hercules right.
Fine. Dark, blackish-green patina.
Following his victory over King Decebalus in the Dacian Wars (AD 101-106), Emperor Trajan reorganised the region and founded several cities, including Nicopolis, which was situated by the river Iatrus. Nicopolis flourished as a major trade centre throughout the 2nd century, though by the mid 3rd century, the region began to be increasingly subject to invasions by the barbarian tribes. The city was destroyed in AD 447 by the soldiers of Attila the Hun.
CARACALLA . MOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis ad Istrum . AE18 . Bust of Hercules
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