This coin is on the way to me:Moesia
inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum
, AD 217-218
AE 27, 12.45g
issued under governor Marcus Claudius AgrippaObv.
: M OΠEΛΛI [ΔI] - AΔOVMENIANOC K Bust
, draped and cuirassed
, seen from behind, bare-headed, r.
Rev: VP A[ΓPIΠΠA NIKO]ΠOΛITΩN / ΠPOC ICT
Youthful river god
, in hip dress and with chlamys
, which is fallen
down from his
left shoulder, std. l., resting with right arm
behind him and holding in his
; the left
hand rests on unknown objectRef
: a) AMNG
I/1, 1807, plate XVIII, 4 (1 ex., in trade, same die)
3645 (same dies)
c) Hristova/Hioeft/Jekov (2018) No. 22.214.171.124 corr.
NIK4.38e (shown in HrHJ
, F+, pretty green patina
, somewhat eccentric, legends partly unreadable
It is certainly the representation of a river god
, although here the vessel from which the water usually flows is missing. But the water plant
in the left arm
and the Prora
in the background leave no doubt. Because of the Prora
it will be a navigable river, which here would be the Ister (Danube).
But the further description of the details on the back side
(1) What Megaw
, I think is most likely a Chlamys
, which falls down from his
(2) But what is the river god
sitting on? At least he is not sitting on the ground. But it is nor
a rock, as Megaw
means. The easiest way to do it is for those who have omit naming it completely.
(3) On what does he rests the left arm
? The object seems to be hollow. An urn
, like some mean? I guess not because the flowing water is missing. A ton
or a barrel? A shield
? That would be very unusual.
Then I found Pick
's note at AMNG
I/1 no. 1698 for Macrinus
, where he says that it reminds him of a Kline also known from river god
representations from Thrace
. In addition fits that I see quite clearly 2-3 feet of a seat and left in front of it possibly 2 pillows. With the badly drawn support of the left arm
the back of the Kline could be meant then, whereby the die cutter mixed up the back of the Kline and an urn
, which otherwise occurs frequently. Another mistake is the distance of the left arm
from the round support, so that it does not rest at all.
I have coloured the critical parts:
(a) yellow: feet of the seat
(b) green: questionable pillows
(c) blue: unknown object
(d) orange: Chlamys
(e) white: aquatic plant
What do you think of this explanation? I would be happy about any opinion!