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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 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.

Roman Empire, Severan Dynasty, 8 Roman Provincial (Balkans) Bronzes, 193 - 235 A.D.

|Roman| |Bulk| |Lots|, |Roman| |Empire,| |Severan| |Dynasty,| |8| |Roman| |Provincial| |(Balkans)| |Bronzes,| |193| |-| |235| |A.D.||Lot|
The following list was provided by the consignor and has not been verified by FORVM:
1) Septimius Severus, AE15, Nikopolis, Salus standing.
2) Septimius Severus, AE17, Nikopolis, Dionysos standing.
3) Septimius Severus, AE16, Nikopolis, Tripod.
4) Septimius Severus, AE26, Nikopolis, Istrus, rider prancing right, bird on column behind. 5) Septimius Severus, AE18, Nikopolis, Ephesos, stag right.
6) Elagabalus, AE23, Nicaea, Bithynia; three standards.
7) Severus Alexander, AE18, Nicaea, Bithynia, three standards.
8) Severus Alexander, AE18, Nicaea, Bithynia, three standards.
LT110956. Bronze Lot, 8 Roman provincial (Balkans) bronzes, c. 16 - 28mm, average VF, 193 - 235 A.D.; ex R. Basler International Numismatics (Irvine, CA), seven with his tags; the actual coins in the photographs, as is, no returns, 8 coins; $165.00 SALE PRICE $149.00


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior

|Nikopolis|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.,| |Nikopolis| |ad| |Istrum,| |Moesia| |Inferior||assarion|
A crescent with horns up with a star or stars above and within probably represents a solar eclipse.
RP110612. Bronze assarion, H-H-J Nikopolis 8.14.48.29, Varbanov I 2410, AMNG I/I 1435, Moushmov 986, SNG Cop -, BMC Thrace -, VF, green patina, full legends, edge a little ragged, weight 4.114 g, maximum diameter 17.9 mm, die axis 30o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, obverse AV K Λ - CEVHPOC, laureate head right; reverse NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC ICTP, three stars above and within a crescent with horns up; $90.00 SALE PRICE $81.00


Roman Empire, 9 Provincial Bronzes From Balkan Region, 193 - 253 A.D.

|Multiple| |Coin| |Lots|, |Roman| |Empire,| |9| |Provincial| |Bronzes| |From| |Balkan| |Region,| |193| |-| |253| |A.D.||Lot|
The following is from Moneta Numismatic Services tags and is not verified by FORVM:
1) Septimius Severus, AE17, 2.45g, Nikopolis, Moesia Inferior, Juno, VF.
2) Macrinus and Diadumenian, AE27, 12.85g, Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior, Confronting heads. / Hermes standing. Varbanov 1192, F.
3) Caracalla, AE17, 2.63g, Nikopolis, Moesia Inferior, Tripod, VF.
4) Elagabalus, AE16, 3.13g, Nikopolis, Moesia Inferior, Grape bunch, F.
5) Elagabalus and Julia Maesa, AE26, 11.05g, Marcianopolis, Moesia Inferior, Tyche standing, F.
6) Elagabalus, AE15, 2.14g, Nikopolis, Moesia Inferior, Lion walking right, AMNG I 229, F.
7) Gordian III, AE18, 2.71g, Nicaea, Bithynia, Three military standards. SNG Cop 526, VF.
8) Trajan Decius, AE27,13.08g, Viminacium, Moesia Superior, Moesia standing between bull and lion, AN XI in exergue, VF.
9) Trebonianus Gallus, AE24, 9.15g, Viminacium, Moesia Superior, Moesia standing between bull and lion, AN XII in exergue, F.
LT96212. Bronze Lot, 9 Roman provincial bronzes from Balkan region, F or better, green patinas, 193 - 253 A.D.; the actual coins in the photograph, in Moneta Numismatic Services flips (non-archival) with their tags (information not verified by FORVM), tag prices total $410, 9 coins; $160.00 SALE PRICE $144.00


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior

|Nikopolis|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.,| |Nikopolis| |ad| |Istrum,| |Moesia| |Inferior||assarion|
The first of Herakles' twelve labors, set by his cousin King Eurystheus, was to slay the Nemean lion and bring back its skin. It could not be killed with mortal weapons because its golden fur was impervious to attack. Its claws were sharper than swords and could cut through any armor. Herakles stunned the beast with his club and, using his immense strength, strangled it to death. During the fight, the lion bit off one of his fingers. After slaying the lion, he tried to skin it with a knife but failed. Wise Athena, noticing the hero's plight, told him to use one of the lion's own claws to skin the pelt.
SH68062. Bronze assarion, Varbanov I 2347; H-H-J Nikopolis p. 83, 8.14.14.24 corr. (same dies, R2); cf. AMNG I/I 1390 (obverse) and 1389 (reverse), EF, sharp, beautiful patina, weight 4.220 g, maximum diameter 17.2 mm, die axis 225o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, obverse AV K Λ C CEVHPOC Π, laureate head right; reverse NIKOΠOΛIT ΠPOC I, Herakles standing right, wrestling with the Nemean lion; SOLD


Septimius Severus, 9 April 193 - 4 February 211 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior

|Nikopolis|, |Septimius| |Severus,| |9| |April| |193| |-| |4| |February| |211| |A.D.,| |Nikopolis| |ad| |Istrum,| |Moesia| |Inferior||pentassarion|
The first of Herakles' twelve labors, set by his cousin King Eurystheus, was to slay the Nemean lion and bring back its skin. It could not be killed with mortal weapons because its golden fur was impervious to attack. Its claws were sharper than swords and could cut through any armor. Herakles stunned the beast with his club and, using his immense strength, strangled it to death. During the fight, the lion bit off one of his fingers. After slaying the lion, he tried to skin it with a knife but failed. Wise Athena, noticing the hero's plight, told him to use one of the lion's own claws to skin the pelt.
SH54579. Bronze pentassarion, H-H-J Nikopolis 8.14.14.3 (same dies); Varbanov I 2761, AMNG I/I -, gVF, weight 11.552 g, maximum diameter 28.4 mm, die axis 225o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, consular legate Ovinius Tertullus, 198 - 201 A.D.; obverse AV K Λ CE CEVHPOC Π, laureate head right; reverse VΠA OOVI TΕPTVΛΛOV NIKOΠO ΠPOC I, Hercules standing half right, resting on club set on a rock at feet right, right hand behind back, nude but for Nemean lion skin over left shoulder; some cleaning scratches, attractive green patina; SOLD


Elagabalus, 16 May 218 - 11 March 222 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior

|Elagabalus|, |Elagabalus,| |16| |May| |218| |-| |11| |March| |222| |A.D.,| |Nikopolis| |ad| |Istrum,| |Moesia| |Inferior||AE| |26|
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.
RP29741. Bronze AE 26, Varbanov I 3978a, EF, superb portrait, upper reverse flat, weight 11.319 g, maximum diameter 26.1 mm, die axis 180o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, cos. legate Ti. Flavius Novius Rufus, 218 - 222; obverse AVT K AVPH ANTΩNEINOC, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse YΠ NOBIOY POYΦOY NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠΠOC ICTPON, Asklepios standing facing, head left, resting right hand on snake-entwined staff, left hand on hip; SOLD










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