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Diadumenian, Mid May - 8 June 218 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior
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 22.214.171.124, 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 (Ä123.20)
Caracalla, 28 January 198 - 8 April 217 A.D., Nikopolis ad Istrum, Moesia Inferior
A star or stars within a crescent with horns up probably represent a solar eclipse.RP89583. Bronze assarion, H-H-J Nikopolis 126.96.36.199 (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 (Ä14.08)
Gordian III and Tranquillina, May 241 - 25 February 244 A.D. Moesia Inferior, Istros
In 241, Timesitheus was appointed Praetorian Prefect. In May, Gordian married his daughter Tranquillina and she was made Augusta. The marriage was an admission of political indispensability of Timesitheus and Tranquillina's suitability as an empress. Tranquillina survived her husband. She had no sons with him but they may have had a daughter, born after Gordian's death.RP54135. Bronze pentassarion, Varbanov 691, AMNG I/I 528, VF, weight 13.509 g, maximum diameter 26.2 mm, die axis 180o, Istros (near Istria, Romania) mint, May 241 - 25 Feb 244 A.D.; obverse AVT K M ANT ΓOP∆IANOC CABI TRANKIΛIHN, confronted busts of Gordian on left, laureate, draped, and cuirassed, and Tranquillina on right, draped and wearing stephane; reverse ICTPIHNΩN, Tyche standing half left, kalathos on head, rudder on globe in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, E (mark of value) in left field; SOLD