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Bruttia Crispina / Dionysos - provincial Roman coin from Istros - reverse Bruttia Crispina / Dionysos - provincial Roman coin from Istros - obverse
21 mm diameter, 6.5 grams, AE
Reverse: Dionysos standing, to the right, (wearing cothurnus - a sort of boots - on his feet?), holding kantharos (ceremonial vase) over a panther (leopard) and tyrsus in the left hand, outer pearl circle, inscription ICT [PIHNΩ] N
Obverse: empress Bruttia Crispina with the hair knotted in a bun at the back of her head, draped bust to the right, outer pearl circle, legend KPICΠINA CEBACTH

The ancient coin pictures above are present on Romanian coins through the kind permission of Mr. GLV. The coin belongs to the category of provincial Roman coins, sometimes called Greek imperial. This coin is not described in Moushmov catalog or in AMNG I.

About empress Bruttia Crispina

Crispina married Commodus in 178. In 182 took part in a plot for deposing Commodus and as a consequence she was exiled on the island of Capri in the Tyrrhenian Sea. Here she was killed, probably in 183. Crispina received the title of de augusta - written in Greek on this coin - sevaste.

The History of Istros and More The Ancient Pontic World
and Its Connection to Romanians (with Map)
About Dionysos

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