AE26. 10.11g, 26.3mm
MINTED: MOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis ad Istrum, AD 217-218. Marcus Claudius Agrippa, legatus consularis
REF: Hristova-Hoeft-Jekov (2018) 126.96.36.199; Varbanov 3414
OBVERSE: AV K OΠΠEΛ CEYH MAKPEINOC, laureate and cuirassed bus right.
REVERSE: [VΠ] AΓPIΠΠA NIKOPOΛITΩN ΠPOC ICT[PΩ], Serpent-entwined staff of Asklepios.
Brown-green patina. A bold and attractive coin and a scarce type.
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.
MACRINUS . MOESIA INFERIOR, Marcianopolis . AE26 . Staff of Asklepios *Scarce*
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