Marcianopolis - Eros





Province Moesia Inferior
City Markianopolis
Size (mm) 16
Weight (g) 2.99
Die Axis 0
Tariff 1 assarion
Governor -
Ob. Leg. M OPELLIC ANTWNEINOC
Ob. Desc. Bare headed and draped bust right – seen from behind
Meaning Marcus Opellius Antonius
Rev. Leg. MARKIANO-POLEITWN
Rev. Desc. Eros/Thanatos standing left, resting chin on palm, leaning on (extinguished) inverted brand
Meaning (Coin) of the people of Markianopolis – A prince crowned by the gods
References; Collection; Moushmov 591; Hristova/Jekov (V2) 6.25.41.1 (r6), p.127 - this coin; Varbanov (Eng.) Vol.1. No. 1339; AMNG I 796, p. 251;
Notes: Eros was worshiped as a fertility god and associated with love and sexual desire. Sometimes thought of as Thanatos, ‘god of death’, due to his association with the concept of life after death. The symbolism here, of the extinguished torch, may represent joy after sexual fulfilment, or hope for life after death.