Nicopolis ad Istrum - River god





Province Moesia Inferior
City Nicopolis ad Istrum
Size (mm) 26
Weight (g) 11.20
Die Axis 10
Tariff 4 assaria
Governor Marcus Claudius Agrippa
Ob. Leg. K M OPPEL ANTWNI DIADOVMENIANOC
Ob. Desc. Bare head right – seen from behind
Meaning Caesar Marcus Opellius Antonius Diadumenianus
Rev. Leg. VΠ AΓPIΠΠA NIKOΠOΛITΩN Π / POC ICTP / Ω
Rev. Desc. River-god (un-bearded) reclining left, placing his right hand on his knee and his left on a vase from which water flows
Meaning Consular legate Statius Longinus , (Governor) of the residents of Nikopolis on the (river) Istrus – Honouring the spirit/god of the river who grants trade
References; Collection; Moushmov 1350 , AMNG I, 1, p. 460, no. 1806 (citing a single spec. in St. Petersburg); Varbanov (Eng.) Vol.1, No. 3633
Notes: It is possible that the un-bearded river god represents the spirit of young waters (close to the source) while those where the deity is shown with a beard may represent an older god found further down stream.




Province Moesia Inferior
City Nicopolis ad Istrum
Size (mm) 26
Weight (g) 14.43
Die Axis 10
Tariff 4 assaria
Governor Marcus Claudius Agrippa
Ob. Leg. K M OPPEL ANTWNI DIADOV-MENIANOC
Ob. Desc. Bare head right – seen from behind
Meaning Caesar Marcus Opellius Antonius Diadumenianus
Rev. Leg. VΠ AΓPIΠΠA NIKOΠOΛITΩN Π / POC ICTΠ
Rev. Desc. River-god (un-bearded) reclining left, placing his right hand on his knee and his left on a vase from which water flows
Meaning Consular legate Statius Longinus , (Governor) of the residents of Nikopolis on the (river) Istrus – Honouring the spirit/god of the river who grants trade
References; Gorny & Mosch Giessener Münzhandlung Auction 122, Lot number: 1683 (illustrated with permission);
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