One of the rarest coins of Nikopolis

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Jochen1, Jul 7, 2020.

  1. Jochen1

    Jochen1 Well-Known Member

    Dear friends of Nikopolis!

    Here I want to share one of my rarest coins of Nikopolis ad Istrum:

    Moesia inferior, Nikopolis ad Istrum, Macrinus, AD 217-218
    AE 28, 11.12g, 27.87mm, 195°
    struck under governor Marcus Claudius Agrippa
    Bust, draped and cuirassed, seen from behind, laureate, r.
    Nude youth (mountain-god Haimos), slight drapery over r. shoulder and knees, wearing boots, std. r.(!) on rocks, looking back, l. hand on head, r. arm with spear resting on tree behind
    in r. field AIMOC
    ref. a) AMNG I/1, 1700, pl. III, 24 (1 ex., Bassarabescu)
    b) not in Varbanov:
    cf.#3390: different obv. legend, spear not mentioned, pic of rev. from Pick, pic of obv. called #3407 in error
    c) Hristova/Hoeft/Jekov (2020) No. (plate coin)
    unique (R10), about VF
    ex dianacoins, Ebay, 2009
    ex coll. Steve Cady, Tantalus Coins, #34158, 2012
    The pic in Hristova/Jekov (2020) was taken from Varbanov, Varbanov's pic was taken from Moushmov, Moushmov's pick was taken from Pick! Therefore the copies are so bad and the spear has disappeared over times!

    One of the rarest types of Nikopolis at all. This type was listed and depicted in AMNG I/1 with reference to Bassarebescu. Pick has had this coin in hand. Nicolae Bassarabescu, a Romanian collector, was in AD 1890 director of the journal "Poporul (= The People)" in Bukaresti/Romania. But his coin vanished in the course of time. It is now the first time that this type appears in the public after more than 100 years.

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  3. PeteB

    PeteB Well-Known Member

    Which explains why in 50+ years I have never seen one like it!
    Great catch, Jochen!
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  4. tenbobbit

    tenbobbit Well-Known Member

    Awesome find, the position of the Mountain God is what jumped out at me :jawdrop:
    I don't think i have ever seen one facing to the Right.
    Correct me if i am wrong but, all seated and reclining figures face to the Left which makes this even more special :woot:
    I do hope you will post some more pics of the Reverse showing a little more details.
    Thanks for sharing @Jochen1
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  5. Limes

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    That's a great rarity you got there, Jochen! Congratz!
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