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.