AE26. 10.82g, 26mm
MINTED: MOESIA INFERIOR, Nikopolis ad Istrum, circa AD 209-210, magistrate Flavius Ulpianus.
REF: Varbanov 3304 (R5)
OBVERSE: AVT K Π CЄΠ ΓЄTAC AV, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: V ΦΛ OVΛΠIAN NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC ICT, Cybele holding spear and tympanum, riding on back on lion right.
Ex Dr. George Spradling Collection
Very Fine. Toned brassy surfaces.
Scarce issue. Interesting reverse type.
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.
GETA . MOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis ad Istrum . AE28 . Cybele riding lion
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