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Tomis, Moesia Inferior

Tomis (Constanta, Romania today) was a Greek colony founded on the Black Sea shore around 600 B.C. for trade with the local Getic populations. In 29 B.C. the Romans captured the region, which they called Limes Scythicus, from the Odryses. The Roman poet Ovid was banished by Augustus to Tomis in 8 A.D. and died there eight years later. By his account, Tomis was "a town located in a war-stricken cultural wasteland on the remotest margins of the empire." The city was later in the Province of Moesia, and, from the time of Diocletian, it was the metropolis of Scythia Minor. During Maurice's Balkan campaigns, in the winter of 597/598, Tomis was besieged by the Avars. Tomis was within the Bulgarian Empire for over 500 years, later in the independent principality of Dobrotitsa/Dobrotici, in Wallachia under Mircea I of Wallachia, and under Ottoman rule from around 1419. Tomis was renamed "Kwnstantia" ("Constantia") in honor of Constantia, the half-sister of Constantine the Great sometime before 950.

Geta, 209 - c. 26 December 211 A.D., Tomis, Moesia Inferior

|Tomis|, |Geta,| |209| |-| |c.| |26| |December| |211| |A.D.,| |Tomis,| |Moesia| |Inferior||AE| |27|
RP49067. Bronze AE 27, AMNG I/II 2980, aEF, slightly rough patina, weight 10.776 g, maximum diameter 27.1 mm, die axis 45o, Tomis (Constanta, Romania) mint, as caesar,; obverse Π CEΠTI ΓETAC K or similar, head right; reverse MHTPO ΠONTOY TOME, ΩC in ex, tetrastyle temple, O on pediment, Dionysos standing within, uncertain object (patera or kantharos?) in right, thyrsos in left, panther at feet left; scarce; SOLD


Maximus, Caesar, 235 or 236 - 24 June 238 A.D., Tomis, Moesia Inferior

|Tomis|, |Maximus,| |Caesar,| |235| |or| |236| |-| |24| |June| |238| |A.D.,| |Tomis,| |Moesia| |Inferior||tetrassaria|
Asclepius is the god of medicine and healing in ancient Greek mythology. Asclepius represents the healing aspect of the medical arts, while his daughters Hygieia, Meditrina, Iaso, Aceso, Agla, and Panacea (literally, "all-healing") symbolize the forces of cleanliness, medicine, and healing, respectively.
RP48568. Bronze tetrassaria, Varbanov I 5509, AMNG I/II 3344, nice V, attractive dark green patina, weight 10.959 g, maximum diameter 27.4 mm, die axis 180o, Tomis (Constanta, Romania) mint, obverse Γ IOYΛ OYH MAΞIMOC KAIC, draped and cuirassed bust right; reverse MHTPO ΠONTOY TOMEΩC, Asklepios standing slightly right, head left, staff with serpent coiled around it in right, ∆ (mark of value) in left; rare; SOLD







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