AE17. 3.03g, 16.9mm
MINTED: MOESIA INFERIOR, Marcianopolis, circa AD 198-209 (as Caesar)
REF: Hristova & Jevov 126.96.36.199; Varbanov 1104
OBVERSE: Π CEΠTI ΓETAC K, bare-headed, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind.
REVERSE: MAΡKIANOΠOΛITΩN, crescent and three stars.
Ex Dr. George Spradling Collection
Almost Very Fine.
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 . AE17 . Crescent and Stars
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