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Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior

Nicopolis ad Istrum was founded by Trajan around 101-106, at the junction of the Iatrus (Yantra) and the Rositsa rivers, in memory of his victory over the Dacians. Its ruins are located at the village of Nikyup, 20 km north of Veliko Tarnovo in northern Bulgaria. The town peaked during the reigns of Trajan, Hadrian, the Antonines and the Severan dynasty. In 447, the Nicoplis was destroyed by Attila's Huns. In the 6th century, it was rebuilt as a powerful fortress enclosing little more than military buildings and churches, following a very common trend for the cities of that century in the Danube area. It was finally destroyed by the Avar invasions at the end of the 6th century.


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Nicopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior
Click for a larger photo Nicopolis ad Istrum was founded by Trajan around 101-106, at the junction of the Iatrus (Yantra) and the Rositsa rivers, in memory of his victory over the Dacians. Its ruins are located at the village of Nikyup, 20 km north of Veliko Tarnovo in northern Bulgaria. The town peaked during the reigns of Trajan, Hadrian, the Antonines and the Severan dynasty. In 447, Nicopolis was destroyed by Attila's Huns. In the 6th century, it was rebuilt as a powerful fortress enclosing little more than military buildings and churches, following a very common trend for the cities of that century in the Danube area. It was finally destroyed by the Avar invasions at the end of the 6th century.
RP70821. Bronze assarion, H-H-J Nikopolis 8.14.1.53, Varbanov I 2465, Moushmov 980, cf. SNG Cop 268 (eagle left), BMC Thrace -, Choice EF, sharp, well centered, nice green patina, weight 2.161 g, maximum diameter 17.4 mm, die axis 0o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, obverse AV Λ CEVHPOC, laureate head right; reverse NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC, eagle standing right on thunderbolt,head left, wreath in beak; ex Heritage Auctions 231407, lot 64091, ex CNG auction 161 (28 Mar 2007), lot 125 ($206 plus fees); $250.00 (€217.50)

Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior
Click for a larger photo Asclepius learned the secrets of healing after seeing one snake bring another herbs. Woman seeking fertility, and the sick and injured, slept in his temples where snakes were left to crawl on the floor and provide healing. Nearby excavations found 2nd c. bronze surgical instruments and a case containing a variety of medicines.
RP70824. Bronze tetrassaria, H-H-J Nikopolis 8.14.20.2 (R4), Varbanov I/I 2606 var (...NIKOΠOΛITΩ), AMNG I/I 1307 var (same), Moushmov 909, BMC Thrace -, SNG Cop -, gVF, centered, attractive portrait, beautiful green patina, small closed flan crack, weight 11.433 g, maximum diameter 27.0 mm, die axis 180o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, consular legate Aurelius Gallus, 201 - 203 A.D.; obverse AVK• Λ• C• - CEVHPOC, laureate head right; reverse YΠ AY ΓAΛΛOY NIKOΠOΛITΩN, Asklepios standing slightly right, looking left, himation around waist and legs, leaning on serpent-entwined staff in right set on ground, ΠPOC I• in exergue; ex Heritage Auctions 231407, lot 64085; ex CNG e-auction 161 (28 Mar 2007), lot 121 ($206 plus fees); $250.00 (€217.50)

Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior
Click for a larger photo Ptolemy Soter integrated Egyptian religion with that of the Hellenic rulers by creating Serapis, a deity that would win the reverence of both groups. This was despite the curses of the Egyptian priests against the gods of previous foreign rulers (i.e Set who was lauded by the Hyksos). Alexander the Great had attempted to use Amun for this purpose, but Amum was more prominent in Upper Egypt, and not as popular in Lower Egypt, where the Greeks had stronger influence. The Greeks had little respect for animal-headed figures, and so an anthropomorphic statue was chosen as the idol, and proclaimed as the equivalent of the highly popular Apis. It was named Aser-hapi (i.e. Osiris-Apis), which became Serapis, and was said to be Osiris in full, rather than just his Ka (life force). Ptolemy's efforts were successful - in time Serapis was held by the Egyptians in the highest reverence above all other deities, and he was adored in Athens and other Greek cities.
RP68722. Bronze assarion, H-H-J Nikopolis 8.26.6.6 (R2, same dies), Varbanov I 3825 (R3, same dies), AMNG I/I 2018, SNG Cop -, EF, centered, green patina with a few coppery high spots, weight 3.726 g, maximum diameter 17.8 mm, die axis 180o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, obverse AVT M AVPH - ANΩNINO-C, laureate head right; reverse NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOCICTPON, draped bust of Serapis right, wearing kalathos; $220.00 (€191.40)

Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D., Nicopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior
Click for a larger photo Apparently much rarer than H-H-J Nikopolis and Varbanov indicate.
RP90783. Bronze assarion, H-H-J Nikopolis 8.22.53.6 (R5), Varbanov I 3232 (R5), AMNG I/I -, Moushmov -, SNG Cop -, BMC Thrace -, F, weight 2.622 g, maximum diameter 15.8 mm, die axis 0o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, obverse Λ AY K ΓETAC, draped bare-headed bust right; reverse NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC ICTP, facing head of bear; very rare; $140.00 (€121.80)

Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior
Click for a larger photo Nicopolis ad Istrum was founded by Trajan around 101 - 106, at the junction of the Iatrus (Yantra) and the Rositsa rivers, in memory of his victory over the Dacians. Its ruins are located at the village of Nikyup, 20 km north of Veliko Tarnovo in northern Bulgaria. The town reached its peak during the reigns of Trajan, Hadrian, the Antonines and the Severan dynasty. Minted under the consular legate (governor) Aurelius Gallus.
RP64058. Bronze AE 22, H-H-J Nikopolis 8.18.32.2 (R4, same dies), Varbanov I 3056 (R4, same dies), AMNG I/I -, BMC Thrace -, SNG Cop -, aVF, well centered, attractive, open flan crack, weight 10.551 g, maximum diameter 22.3 mm, die axis 45o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, consular legate Aurelius Gallus, 201 - 203 A.D.; obverse AY K M AY ANTΩNINOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse YΠA AYP ΓAΛΛOY NIKOΠOΛITΩ, ΠPOC ICTP, river god Istros reclining left, nude to the waist, right hand rests on galley at his side in background, right arm rests on overturned urn from which water flows, reeds in right hand; $135.00 (€117.45)

Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior
Click for a larger photo Nicopolis ad Istrum was founded by Trajan around 101 - 106, at the junction of the Iatrus (Yantra) and the Rositsa rivers, in memory of his victory over the Dacians. Its ruins are located at the village of Nikyup, 20 km north of Veliko Tarnovo in northern Bulgaria. The town reached its peak during the reigns of Trajan, Hadrian, the Antonines and the Severan dynasty.
RP65521. Bronze assarion, H-H-J Nikopolis 8.26.54.24, AMNG I/I 2039, Varbanov I 3849, cf. BMC Thrace p. 51, 68 ff. (larger, bust, inscription arrangement), SNG Cop -, aEF, weight 2.273 g, maximum diameter 15.6 mm, die axis 0o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, obverse AY K M AYΠ ANTΩNINOC, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse NI/KOΠ/OΛITΩN / ΠPOC IC/TPON, inscription in five lines within laurel wreath; ex Helios Numismatik auction 7, lot 464; $135.00 (€117.45)

Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior
Click for a larger photo The figure on the reverse is sometimes identified as Eros (Cupid) or a generic winged Genius. The inverted torch represents a life extinguished, indicating the figure is Thanatos (death). By the Severan Era, there was increased hope for an afterlife in pleasant Elysium than in dismal Hades. Thanatos was associated more with a gentle passing than a woeful demise. Thanatos as a winged boy, very much akin to Cupid, with crossed legs and an inverted torch, became the most common symbol for death, depicted on many Roman sarcophagi.
RP69742. Bronze assarion, H-H-J Nikopolis 8.14.16.15/16 (unlisted die combination), cf. Varbanov I 2568 (legends), AMNG I/I 1367 (same), BMC Thrace -, SNG Cop -, VF, unusual style, weight 2.374 g, maximum diameter 16.3 mm, die axis 45o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, obverse AV KAI CEVPO, laureate bust right; reverse NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC I, winged Thanatos standing right, legs crossed legs, leaning on reversed torch on right; from the Butte College Foundation, ex Lindgren; rare variant; $120.00 (€104.40)

Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Nicopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior
Click for a larger photo Nicopolis ad Istrum was founded by Trajan around 101-106, at the junction of the Iatrus (Yantra) and the Rositsa rivers, in memory of his victory over the Dacians. Its ruins are located at the village of Nikyup, 20 km north of Veliko Tarnovo in northern Bulgaria. The town peaked during the reigns of Trajan, Hadrian, the Antonines and the Severan dynasty. In 447, Nicopolis was destroyed by Attila's Huns. In the 6th century, it was rebuilt as a powerful fortress enclosing little more than military buildings and churches, following a very common trend for the cities of that century in the Danube area. It was finally destroyed by the Avar invasions at the end of the 6th century.
RP70820. Bronze assarion, H-H-J Nikopolis 8.14.33.3 (R3), Moushmov 922, AMNG I/I 1409, BMC Thrace -, Varbanov I -, SNG Cop -, gVF, well stuck with nice dies, excellent centering, green patina, some marks, weight 3.242 g, maximum diameter 18.4 mm, die axis 0o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, obverse AV KAI CEVHPOC, laureate head right; reverse NIKOΠOΛITΩN, ΠPOC IC/TPON, she-wolf left, suckling Romulus and Remus; ex Heritage Auctions 231407, lot 64090; ex Ancient Auction House; rare with wolf left; $120.00 (€104.40)

Gordian III, 29 July 238 - 25 February 244 A.D., Nicopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior
Click for a larger photo Nicopolis ad Istrum can be said to have been the birthplace of Germanic literary tradition. The Gothic bishop, missionary and translator Ulfilas (Wulfila) obtained permission from Constantius II to immigrate with his flock of converts to Moesia and settle near Nicopolis ad Istrum in 347. There, he invented the Gothic alphabet and translated the Bible from Greek to Gothic.
RP34260. Bronze AE 27, H-H-J Nikopolis 8.36.46.6 (R4), Varbanov I 4227, BMC Thrace -, SNG Cop -, gVF, nice green patina, weight 11.818 g, maximum diameter 26.9 mm, die axis 195o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, consular legate Sabinius Modestus, 241 - 244 A.D.; obverse AYT K M ANTΩNIOC ΓOP∆IANOC, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse YΠ CAB MO∆ECTOY NIKOΠOΛEITΩN ΠPOC ICTPON, tetrastyle temple containing statue of Herakles(?) resting on club(?) in right, pellet on pediment; bargin priced!; $110.00 (€95.70)

Julia Domna, Augusta 194 - 8 April 217 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior
Click for a larger photo Nicopolis ad Istrum was founded by Trajan around 101-106, at the junction of the Iatrus (Yantra) and the Rositsa rivers, in memory of his victory over the Dacians. Its ruins are located at the village of Nikyup, 20 km north of Veliko Tarnovo in northern Bulgaria. The town peaked during the reigns of Trajan, Hadrian, the Antonines and the Severan dynasty. In 447, Nicopolis was destroyed by Attila's Huns. In the 6th century, it was rebuilt as a powerful fortress enclosing little more than military buildings and churches, following a very common trend for the cities of that century in the Danube area. It was finally destroyed by the Avar invasions at the end of the 6th century.
RP90337. Bronze assarion, H-H-J Nikopolis 8.17.48.1 (this coin, R4), AMNG I/I 1487, Varbanov I 2849 var (CEBATH), Moushmov 1040, SNG Cop -, BMC Thrace -, VF, weight 3.421 g, maximum diameter 16.9 mm, die axis 45o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, 194 - 8 Apr 217 A.D.; obverse IOYΛIA ∆OMNA CEBA, draped bust right; reverse NIKOΠOΛIT ΠPOC ICTPON, star with central pellet and eight rays each ending with a pellet; ex Nemesis Ancients & Antiquities, the H-H-J Nikopolis plate coin; $85.00 (€73.95)



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