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The eagle and the lion are symbols of the Legions V Macedonica and XIII Gemina, which were quartered in Provincia Dacia.

Diadumenian, Mid May - 8 June 218 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior

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Ploutos was the god of wealth, born to the goddess Demeter after she lay with the hero Iasion. The young god was blinded by Zeus so he would distribute wealth indiscriminately and not favor the good. Ploutos was usually depicted as a boy holding a cornucopia full of grain. In sculpture he was portrayed as an infant in the arms of Eirene, goddess of peace, or Tyche, goddess of good fortune. The reverse legend tells us this coin was struck under the Consular Legate (Governor) Statius Longinus. On all other dies from this issue Tyche looks left and Ploutos is not present.
RP91930. Bronze AE 25, H-H-J Nikopolis, AMNG I/I 1868, Varbanov -; Moushmov -, F, tight flan, light corrosion, central depressions, weight 8.971 g, maximum diameter 24.6 mm, die axis 0o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, as caesar, 11 Apr 217 - mid May 218 A.D.; obverse M OΠEΛΛI ∆IA∆OVMENIANOC KAI, bare headed, draped and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse VΠ CTA ΛONΓINOV NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC IC, Tyche Euposia standing facing, head right, kalathos on head, holding rudder by tiller in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, the infant Ploutos seated left on her left arm; extremely rare; $140.00 (€123.20)

Trajan Decius, July 249 - First Half of June 251 A.D.

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The Dacian Draco was the standard ensign of troops of the ancient Dacian people, which can be seen in the hands of the soldiers of Decebalus in several scenes depicted on Trajan's Column in Rome, Italy. It has the form of a dragon with open wolf-like jaws containing several metal tongues. The hollow dragon's head was mounted on a pole with a fabric tube affixed at the rear. In use, the draco was held up into the wind, or above the head of a horseman, where it filled with air and gave the impression it was alive while making a shrill sound as the wind passed through its strips of material.Draco
RS91604. Silver antoninianus, RSC IV 16, RIC IV 12(b), Hunter III 7, SRCV III 9368, aVF, well centered, light toning, flow lines, nearly as struck but with a very worn reverse die, small edge cracks, weight 3.991 g, maximum diameter 23.0 mm, die axis 45o, Rome mint, c. 250 - 251 A.D.; obverse IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse DACIA, Dacia standing left, wearing robe reaching feet, staff topped with a wolf's head (Draco) in right hand; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; $60.00 (€52.80)

Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior

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A star or stars within a crescent with horns up probably represent a solar eclipse.
RP89583. Bronze assarion, H-H-J Nikopolis (R2), Varbanov I 2999 (R3), AMNG I/I 1513.2, Moushmov 1118, aF, edge cracks, weight 2.055 g, maximum diameter 15.8 mm, die axis 180o, Nicopolis ad Istrum (Nikyup, Bulgaria) mint, as caesar, 195 - 28 Jan 198; obverse M AV KA ANTΩNIN, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind; reverse NIKOΠOΛITΩN ΠPOC IC, six-pointed star above and within crescent with horns up; $16.00 (€14.08)



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