These attractive little coins were issued only in Nicopolis ad Istrum in Moesia and in Aphrodisias in Caria (on the coins of the latter city there is also a tiny figure, possibly a winged butterfly, at Eros’s feet).
Æ 16, 2 h, 2.71 g. Obv. ΑΥ K Λ CΕΥΗΡOC. Laureate head of Septimius Severus r. Rev. ΝΙΚΟΠΟΛIT… Eros standing facing, head l., holding a down-turned but flaming torch in his r. and a bow in his l.
Æ 16, 1.30 h, 2.76 g. Similar (Private collection, photos by permission).
Æ 18, 2.54 g. Similar (Photos courtesy of Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., www.cngcoins.com).
Æ 18, 2 h, 2.26 g. Obv. ΑΥ K M ΑΥ ANTΩ[NIN]. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Caracalla r. Rev. [Ν]ΙΚΟΠΟΛITΩN ΠΡΟC Ι. Similar reverse type.
Æ 18, 2 h, 2.60 g. Similar.
Æ 18, 3 h, 3.2 g. Obv. [Λ ΑΥΡ KAI ΓETAC?]. Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Geta Caesar r. Rev. ΝΙΚΟΠΟΛI[TΩN ΠΡΟC Ι]. Similar reverse type (Private collection, photos by permission).
* Aphrodisias in Caria, half-assarion coins (illustration) struck c.209-220, with obverse type of bust of Boulé r., veiled and draped, and a tiny figure (?) at the feet of Eros on the reverse (this has been interpreted as a butterfly, reflecting the legend of Eros and Psyche, though on the few specimens that I have seen it looks more like a second tiny Eros).
Æ 21, 6 h, 4.94 g. Obv. EIEPA BOYΛH. Veiled, draped bust of Boulé r. Rev. [A]ΦP[OΔ]EICIEΩN. Eros standing facing, head l., holding bow and burning downturned torch, with perhaps a small figure at his feet.
Nicopolis ad Istrum / Septimius Severus
References: Hristova/Jekov 126.96.36.199; Varbanov 2481 (incorrectly described, and estimated as “R3” = “From 500 to 1000 exemplars”, which is not plausible)
Reference: Hristova/Jekov 188.8.131.52
Reference: RPC IV, 2156