AE16. 2.42g, 16.4mm
MINTED: MOESIA INFERIOR, Marcianopolis, circa AD 209-212
REF: Varbanov 1109 (R3)
OBVERSE: Π CEΠTI ΓETAC, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: MAΡKIANOΠOΛITΩN, eagle standing facing, wings spread, head right.
Ex Dr. George Spradling Collection
Fine. Green, somewhat rough patina.
Marcianopolis, located in present-day northeastern Bulgaria, was a Moesian city founded by Emperor Trajan and named after his sister, the empress Marciana. It had pleasant nearby hot springs and was blessed with an advantageous location between ports on the Black Sea coast and cities further inland such as Nicopolis. Despite being affected by Gothic incursions into the region in the mid 3rd century, Marcianopolis continued to thrive and was the largest city in Thrace in the 4th century. In AD 447, it was sacked and destroyed by the armies of Attila the Hun.
GETA . MOESIA INFERIOR, Marcianopolis . AE16 . Ex Dr George Spradling Collection
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