Nicopolis ad Istrum - Eros





Province Moesia Inferior
City Nicopolis ad Istrum
Size (mm) 18
Weight (g) 3.94
Die Axis 180
Tariff 1 assarion
Governor -
Ob. Leg. K M OPEL DIADOVMENIA
Ob. Desc. Bare head right – seen from behind
Meaning Marcus Opellius Diadumenianus, Caesar
Rev. Leg. NIKOPOLIT-WN PROC
Rev. Desc. Eros/Thanatos, standing, leaning on burning inverted brand
Meaning (Coin) of the residents of Nikopolis on the (river) Istrus
References; Collection; Moushmov 1313; Varbanov (Eng.) Vol1. No. 3601
Notes: This reverse type is generally recorded as Thanatos (Genius of Death) in conventional publications. Prof. Patricia Lawrence has postulated that this is unlikely. Why would such a depressing depiction be placed on the reverse of young princes (examples are also seen for Caracalla and Geta) who, it would be hoped, would go on to continue the dynasties? The depiction is more likely to be that of Eros (or at least incorporate some virtues of that deity) showing weariness after a night of passion and virility – when the ‘torch’ of that energy has been spent.