AE26. 9.82g, 26.2mm
MINTED: THRACE, Hadrianopolis, circa AD 198-217
REF: Varbanov 3640 (R5; same dies)
OBVERSE: ΑVΤ Μ ΑVΡH [ΑΝΤΩΝΕΙΝΟC], laureate, draped and cuirassed bust left with spear and shield.
REVERSE: ΑΔΡΙΑΝΟΠΟΛΕΙΤΩΝ, tetrastyle temple on high platform, containing statue of Artemis the Huntress right.
Good Fine. Rough, green patina. A veryrare and interesting architectural reverse, coupled with a scarce armored bust.
Hadrianopolis was a Thracian settlement that was built on both sides of the river Tonzos. It was at Hadrianopolis, in AD 324, that Constantine the Great defeated his last rival, Emperor Licinius, and made himself sole master of the Roman Empire. It was also the site of the Battle of Adrianople of 378, where Emperor Valens was defeated and killed by the Gothic chieftain Fritigern, setting the stage for the eventual collapse of the Western Roman Empire in the 5th century.
CARACALLA . THRACE, Hadrianopolis . AE26 . Temple of Artemis . Very Rare type
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