Eros riding triumphantly on Heracles’s lion appears as a reverse type on coins of Callatis, Nicopolis ad Istrum and Tomis in Moesia; Deultum, Pautalia, Philippopolis and Serdica in Thracia; and Pessinus in Galatia.
Generally speaking, in Moesia Eros is holding a whip out in front of him, while in Thracia he has raised the whip behind his head. The “lion-rider” coins are slightly scarcer than those showing Eros on a dolphin, and (except for Pessinus) were struck only in the Balkan provinces.
* Callatis in Moesia, coins with obverse type of Demeter.
* Nicopolis ad Istrum in Moesia, tiny coins of Gordian III.
Æ 16, 1 h, 2.09 g. Obv. ΑΥ K M ANT ΓOPΔIANOC AYΓ (in ligature). Laureate head of Gordian III r. Rev. NIKOΠOΛITΩN. Same type as last.
* Tomis in Moesia, coins with obverse type of the founder of the city, Tomos.
Æ 17, 1 h, 2.96 g. Obv. TOMOC. Draped bust of Tomos r. Rev. TOMEITΩN (last letters in ligature). Same type as last.
* Deultum in Thracia, coins of Diadumenian Caesar. These are the commonest of the “lion-rider” coins. Varbanov (2225) lists, but unfortunately doesn’t illustrate, a specimen from a private collection in which Eros is supposedly holding a lion-cub. There are also coins of Maximinus I (not illustrated).
Æ 19, 8 h, 4.70 g. Obv. M OPEL ANTO[NINVS] DIADV CAE. Draped, bare-headed bust of Diadumenian Caesar r. Rev. C F P D. Same type as last.
Similar, Æ 19, 7 h, 4.01 g.
* Pautalia in Thracia, coins of Geta Caesar and Caracalla.
Æ 18, 2 h, 4.20 g. Obv. Π CEΠTI ΓETAC KA. Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Geta Caesar r. Rev. ΠAYTAΛIΩTΩN. Eros, a whip raised behind him in his r., riding r. on a lion.
Æ 19, 2 h, 3.95 g. Obv. AY K M ΑΥ ANTΩNI. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Caracalla r. Rev. Similar.
* Philippopolis in Thracia, coins of Caracalla and Geta. There is a confusingly similar-looking coin of Geta (Varbanov 1632) showing Hermes, holding out a caduceus, riding r. on a ram.
Æ 17, 7 h, 3.31 g. [Obv. M ΑΥPH ANTΩNEINOC. Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust of Caracalla r.] Rev. ΦIΛIΠΠOΠOΛEITΩN. Same type as last.
Coin of Geta, same reverse type as last (from a Numismatik Lanz auction, photo courtesy of Lübke & Wiedemann KG).
* Serdica in Thracia, coins of Caracalla.
Æ 19, 7 h, 3.55 g. Obv. AYT K M ΑΥ ANTΩNINOC. Laureate, draped bust of Caracalla r. Rev. CEPΔΩN. Same type as last.
* Pessinus in Galatia, coins of Geta as Augustus (not illustrated).
References: Pick, AMNG, 288; ANS 1957.52.179
References: Varbanov 4122-24
References: Pick/Regling, AMNG, 2573; ANS 1970.142.13
References: Jurukova 72; Varbanov 2221-25
Rarity: Very common
References: Jurukova 197; Varbanov 2431
References: Ruzicka 830; Varbanov 5441-42, 5464
Pautalia / Caracalla
References: Varbanov 1556-57
Reference: Varbanov 1628
References: Hristova/Jekov 220.127.116.11-8; Varbanov 2082-83
Reference: BMC 29