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The Ancient Coins of Moesia
North-western Thrace, in Roman times equivalent to the province of Moesia inferior,
played an important role in the early monetary history. Whereas the Greek settlement in the area goes
back to the 7th century BC, it is not until the Classical period that we see the first local coinages.
The minting activity of Roman cities in the region, such as Marcianopolis and Nicopolis ad Istrum,
falls into the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD.
My daughter Levke, who got a chance to see much more of my work due to the shutdown, noticed once, looking over my shoulder: “I thought coins showed rulers and statues of gods. But this coin image appears moving and almost dynamic. And what does the figure hold in its hand? Are these fishing nets? Since when have Roman emperors minted fisherwomen on their coins? Aren't you working on Greek coins?"
The Coin of this Month is presented by Ulrike Peter