AE26. 9.37g, 26.1mm
MINTED: MOESIA INFERIOR, Marcianopolis, AD 217-218. Pontianus, legatus consularis.
REF: Varbanov 1132
OBVERSE: AYT K OΠEΛΛIOC CEYH MAKPEINOC, laureate and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: VΠ ΠONTIANOV MAPKIANOΠOΛEITΩN, Tyche standing left, wearing kalathos, holding rudder and cornucopia.
Brown patina with some roughness, but a boldly detailed example.
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 . Tyche with rudder
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