Moesia inferior, Markianopolis, 24. Macrinus & Diadumenian, HrJ (2013) 6.24.04.03 (plate coin)
Macrinus, AD 217-218
AE 28, 13.42g, 28.01mm, 0į
struck under governor Furius Pontinianus
obv. AVT K OPEL CEVH MAKREINOC KM OPELL ANTWNEINOC
Confronted heads of Macrinus, laureate, r., and Diadumenian, bare-headed, l.
rev. VP PONTIANOV MARKI - ANOPOLEITWN (WN ligate)
Athena, wearing Korinthian helmet, in long high-girded chiton with aegis, std. l., resting
with l. arm on arm of throne, feeding snake which coiled around olive-tree in
front of her; side of throne decorated with a winged Sphinx, std. l.; r.
behind her, shield, seen from inside, on the edge owl std. l.
ref. a) AMNG I/1, 736, pl. XV, 28 (1 ex., Weiss, same dies)
b) Varbanov (engl.) 1174
c) Hristova/Jekov (2013) No.220.127.116.11 (plate coin)
very rare, good VF, beautiful brown patina with a hint of green, exceptional rev., the nicest of this city!
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The statue of Athena on the Acropolis has a helmet with a sphinx too with a griffon on each side.