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 (illustration).
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.
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
References: Varbanov 1556-57
Reference: Varbanov 1628
References: Hristova/Jekov 220.127.116.11-8; Varbanov 2082-83
Reference: BMC 29