Many cities of the Roman world chose to use this motif, and those that also show Eros in attendance include Bithynium-Claudiopolis in Bithynia, the Koinon of Asia, Daldis, Gordus-Julia, Hyrcanis, Maeonia, Sardes and Thyateira in Lydia, Sebaste in Samaria, and Alexandreia in Egypt.
The coin of Nero from Hierapolis in Phrygia (CNG, auction 60, 2002, 1238) is unconvincing—the “Eros flying above” looks to me more like a second horse’s head with prominent ears. And the authors of Roman Provincial Coinage, Supplement 2, have recorded the coin as a further specimen of RPC 2982, rather than as a new variant. Similarly, I can’t see any Eros on RPC IX, 1287 (Trebonianus Gallus in Syedra in Cilicia).
* Bithynium-Claudiopolis in Bithynia, a very battered coin of Septimius Severus (illustration), with quadriga (?) l. led by an uncertain figure and Eros flying above the horses. This coin was sold by Peus in the 1970s, but I haven’t yet been able to obtain more detailed information.
(Photo courtesy of Dr. Busso Peus Nachfolger.)
* The Koinon of Asia, large coins (medallions) of Antoninus Pius (illustration). These handsome coins are not particularly rare, but are difficult and expensive for collectors to obtain, since most specimens are in institutional collections.
Æ 41, 12 h, 52.38 g. Obv. ANTΩNEINOC CEB AY KAI TI AI AΔPIANOC. Laureate, draped bust l. Rev. KOINON IΓ ΠOΛEΩN [ΠPO M KΛ ΦRONTΩN] ACIAPX KAI APXI ΓI ΠOΛEΩN. As described above, but with a large torch (? beneath the horses’ hindlegs (Photos courtesy of Classical Numismatic Group, Inc., www.cngcoins.com).
* Daldis in Lydia, a coin of Philip I (illustration).
* Gordus-Julia in Lydia, large Æ coins of Valerian I.
* Hyrcanis in Lydia, coins of Hadrian (illustration). Also, Æ 36-39 coins of Commodus (illustration), on which, interestingly, Athena is shown standing behind the quadriga—and striking its wheel with her spear?
[ANΘY KYIHTΩ?] YPKANΩN [MAKE]. As described above.
[CTPA Λ OYET ANTΩNEINOY] YPKANΩN [MAKE]. As described above, but with Athena standing r., holding spear downwards; below the horses, serpent and overturned flower-basket.
* Maeonia in Lydia, large Æ coins of Marcus Aurelius (illustration).
* Sardes in Lydia, AR cistaphoric tetradrachms of Hadrian (illustration); although the mint is not named, the coin shown here was attributed to Nysa on the basis of the reverse type; however, when a second specimen appeared, die-studies led to the type being reattributed to Sardes. Also, large
* Thyateira in Lydia, coins of Commodus, with laureate, draped and cuirassed bust r. A similar coin with laureate, draped head l. was reported by Mionnet (IV, 926). Both name the strategus Moschianos Phi(lippos).
Æ 23, 2 h, 11.58 g.
* Alexandreia in Egypt, large denomination
References: RPC IV, 2296, 948; ANS 2006.21.5
Rarity: Common (but see note above)
Daldis / Philip
Triton auction IV, 2000, 359, later CNG, otherwise unpublished?
Gordus-Julia / Valerian I
References: BMC 45; Imhoof-Blumer, Lydische Stadtmünzen, 5
Hyrcanis / Hadrian
Reference: RPC III, 1957
Hyrcanis / Commodus
References: RPC IV, 1293; BMC 17 f.; SNG Righetti 1036
Rarity: Common (but the comment on the rarity of the Koinon of Asia coins applies to these coins too)
Maeonia / Marcus Aurelius
References: RPC IV, 1302; Imhoof-Blumer, Zur griechischen und römischen Münzkunde, 1; SNG von Aulock 3018
Sardes / Hadrian
Reference: RPC III, 1388
Sardes / Tyche
References: RPC VII, 1, 245; BMC 89
Thyateira / Commodus
References: RPC IV, 1547; SNG Copenhagen 600; Mionnet IV, 926
Sebaste / Commodus
Reference: RPC IV, 6267
Sebaste / Septimius Severus
Reference: Rosenberger, City-Coins of Palestine III, 17
Sebaste / Elagabalus (probably)
Reference: Rosenberger, City-Coins of Palestine III, 21-23 (“Caracalla”), 27 (“Elagabalus”)
Sebaste / Julia Soaemias
References: Rosenberger, City-Coins of Palestine III, 34 f.; SNG ANS 1084; Sear (GICV) 3218; BMC 18; Lindgren I, A2438A
Sebaste / Julia Maesa
References: Rosenberger, City-Coins of Palestine III, 30; ANS 2012.71.227; Sear (GICV) 3257; BMC 16
Alexandreia / Antoninus Pius
References: RPC IV, 13960; Emmett 1525; Milne 1728d; Geissen 1410