Nicopolis ad Istrum - Demeter





Province Moesia Inferior
City Nicopolis ad Istrum
Size (mm) 26
Weight (g) 14.92
Die Axis 0
Tariff 4 assaria
Governor Statius Longinus
Ob. Leg. K M OPELLI ANTWNI DIADOVMENIANOC
Ob. Desc. Bare headed, draped and cuirassed bust right
Meaning Caesar, Marcus Opellius Antoninus Diadumenianus
Rev. Leg. VΠ CTATION ΛO-N-ΓINOV NIKOΠO / ΛITΩN ΠPO / C ICT[P]
Rev. Desc. Demeter/city goddess seated left, holding corn-ears and sceptre.
Meaning Consular legate Statius Longinus , (Governor) of the residents of Nikopolis on the (river) Istrus Honouring the city goddess who keeps the citizens safe and brings grain
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Notes: Only one previous example of this reverse type (under Statius Longinus) has been noted for Macrinus, none for Diadumenian. The holding of grain ears by the reverse deity might lead to speculation that the image is of Demeter, however the turreted crown indicated that a city goddess is represented and the attribute of grain ears by such deities is seen in similar representations at Antioch