AE16. 2.5g, 16.4mm
MINTED: MOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis ad Istrum, circa AD 193-211
REF: Varbanov 2564 var. (rev legend); Hristova-Hoeft-Jekov (2018) 184.108.40.206
OBVERSE: AY KAI CЄYHPOC, laureate head right.
REVERSE: NIKOPOΛITΩN ΠPOC ICTPΩ, Crescent and star.
Almost Very Fine.
The symbol of the crescent and star (and sometimes stars) is an ancient one that predates coinage. They eventually came to be depicted on Greek as well as Roman coins, with some believing that they may have represented astrological events such as eclipses.
Nicopolis, located in present-day northern Bulgaria, was one of the cities founded by Emperor Trajan between AD 102-106, following his victory over King Decebalus in the Dacian Wars. The city was situated by the river Iatrus, and flourished as a major trading centre during the Antonine and Severan dynasties. By the mid 3rd century, however, the region began to be increasingly subject to invasions by the barbarian tribes, until stability was restored under Emperor Diocletian (AD 284-305), and Nicopolis once again prospered. In AD 447, the city was pillaged and destroyed by the armies of Attila the Hun.
SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS . MOESIA INFERIOR, Nicopolis ad Istrum . AE16. Crescent & Star
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