I have added several coins of Nikopolis ad Istrum this week. Nikopolis ad Istrum is just west of Markianopolis in the province of Moesia Inferior. For those of you not familiar, let's take a look at the map. Here is a map with the appropriate area highlighted: Finally, a little more detail within the province: If you start at the Black Sea just above Constantinople and head west, you will come across Markianopolis first then Nikopolis directly after. All of this is in what is present day Bulgaria. The town was founded by Trajan in commemoration of his Victory over the Dacians in 106AD. It issued much in the way of its own coinage and thrived. By 447AD though, the town had been in decline and was sacked by the Huns along with Markianopolis. The coins from the Severan era can be considered representative of the glory days of both towns. First up is an AE18 of Nikopolis. Provincial, Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior, AE18, ΝΙΚΟΠΟΛΠΡΟC AE18 Roman Provincial Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior Septimius Severus Augustus: 193 - 211AD 17.0 x 16.5mm 3.40gr 1h O: AV [K Λ] CεVHPOC; Laureate head, right. R: ΝΙΚΟΠΟΛ-ΠΡΟC; Serapis, draped bust facing right, modius on head. Hristov & Jekov 188.8.131.52; Varbanov 2404 var. (obv. legend); Moushmov 927 (smaller head, unbroken legend); AMNG 1349. Even on these smaller AE18-19mm coins, the details are impressive. Provincial, Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior, AE19, NIKOΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ ΠΡΟC ICTPO AE19 Roman Provincial Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior Septimius Severus Augustus: 193 - 211AD 19.0 x 17.0mm 2.60gr 7h O: AV KAI Λ Cε CεVHPOC; Laureate bust, right. R: NIKOΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ ΠΡΟC ICTPO; Bearded head of Herakles, left. Nikopolis ad Istrum Mint Beastcoins 252; AMNG I 1; Unlisted with Herakles head left. RRR And what could be my favorite of the bunch, this AE26. The river god motif is especially fitting as Nikopolis was founded at the junction of the Iatrus and Rositsa rivers. There is a bit of roughness unfortunately, but luckily the details and legends are clear enough. Provincial, Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior, AE26, VΠ AVP ΓΑΛΛΟV NIKOΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ ΠΡΟC ICTΠ AE26 Roman Provincial Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior Magistrate: Aurelius Gallus Septimius Severus Augustus: 193 - 211AD 26.0mm 9.70gr 6h O: AV K Λ C CεVHPOC; Laureate head, right. R: VΠ AVP ΓΑΛΛΟV NIKOΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ ΠΡΟC ICTΠ; River god reclining left on an overturned urn, resting arm on prow of galley, holding water plants as cornucopiae. Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior Mint Moushmov 993 var. (obverse legend) And finally, a nice big eagle from Markianopolis to round off the post. At 27mm, the coin is a nice chunk of bronze, one large enough to include the name of the Magistrate (Flavius) Ulpianus on the reverse along with Markianopolis. Provincial, Markianopolis, Moesia Inferior, AE27, VΦΛ OVΛΛΠIANOV MAPKIANOΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ AE27 Roman Provincial Markianopolis, Moesia Inferior Magistrate: Flavius Ulpianus Septimius Severus Augustus: 193 - 211AD 27.0mm 10.4gr 7h O: AV K Λ CεΠ CεVHPOC; Laureate and draped bust, right. R: VΦΛ OVΛΛΠIANOV MAPKIANOΠΟΛΙΤΩΝ; Eagle standing facing, head right on thunderbolt, wreath in beak. Markianopolis, Moesia Inferior Mint Moushmov 390 Please share your thoughts, coins of Nikopolis and Markianopolis or talk about your favorite province!