Nicomedia - A settlement in Bithynia
Nicomedia was described by ancient writers as a city of superior size and magnificence, ranking next to Rome, Alexandria, and Antioch in the splendor and beauty of its buildings. Diocletian worked to make Nicomedia the equal of Rome itself. Dates of operation: 294 - c. 474 A.D. (reopened as a Byzantine mint, 498 - 627). Mintmarks: MN, N, NIC, NICO, NIK, SMN.

Modern location: Izmit, Turkey

(1) Arcadius AD 402
Obverse: D N ARCADIVS P F AVG, Cuirassed bust with helmeted head facing, holding spear and shield
Reverse: CONCORDIA AVGG, Constantinopolis seated in front, holding Victory on globe and sceptre
Ref: Sear 20805
(2) Arcadius 392-395 A.D.
AE unit Nicomedia
Obverse: D N ARCADI-VS P F AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right
Reverse: GLORIA ROMANORVM, emperor standing facing, head right, holding labarum and globe
Ref: RIC IX 46b
(3) Arcadius 383 AD
Obverse: pearl-diademed, draped and cuirassed bust right; D N ARCADIVS P F AVG
Reverse: VOT / V within wreath; SMNΓ
Ref: RIC IX Nicomedia 37c
(4) Constantine I 325-326 AD
Obverse: laureate head right; CONSTAN_TINVS AVG
Reverse: Camp gate with 2 turrets and 8 layers, star above; PROVIDEN_TIAE AVGG / MNΓ
Ref: RIC VII Nicomedia 121
(5) Constantine II 337-340 A.D.
AE unit Nicomedia
Obverse: FL IVL CONSTANTIVS NOB C, laureate, draped, cuirassed bust right
Reverse: PROVIDEN-TIAE CAESS, campgate, 2 turrets, 7 layers, dots in top layer, star above, no doors.
Ref: RIC 158 var.
(6) Constantius II 348-351 A.D.
Obverse: D N CONSTANTIVS P F AVG, diademed, draped and cuirassed bust left, holding globe
Reverse: FEL TEMP-REPARATIO, Emperor bare headed and in military dress standing left, holding labarum in his right hand, resting left hand on shield. Two bound captives standing and leaning to the left before him.
Ref: RIC VIII 67
(7) Galerius 307-308 AD
Obverse: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMIANVS P F AVG, Head of Galerius facing right, wearing laurel wreath
Reverse: GENIO POPVLI ROMANI CMH (in ligature), Genius, wearing modius, nude, chlamys draped over left shoulder, standing facing left, pouring liquid from patera in right hand and holding cornucopia in left; SMNB in exergue
Ref: RIC VI Nicomedia 51 var. (officina)
(8) Licinius 313-317 AD
Obverse: IMP C VAL LICIN LICINIVS PF AVG Laurete head right
Reverse: IOVI CONS-ERVATORI Jupiter standing left, wearing chlamys (cloak) across left shoulder, holding Victory on globe left and eagle-tipped sceptre right, eagle with wreath in lower left field and N over G (Gamma) in right field. Exergue: SMN
Ref: RIC VII Nicomedia 15. RIC rarity: R...
(9) Licinius 313-317 AD
Obverse: laureate head right; IMP C VAL LICIN LICINIVS P F AVG
Reverse: Jupiter standing left, holding Victory and scepter; eagle to left; IOVI CONS_ERVATORI / Z / SMN
Ref: RIC VII Nicomedia 13
(10) Maximinus II 310-311 AD
Obverse: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINUS PF AVG, Laureate bust right
Reverse: GENIO AVGVSTI CMH
Ref: RIC VI 66c
(11) Maximinus II 312 AD
Obverse: IMP C GAL VAL MAXIMINVS P F AVG, Head of Maximinus facing right, wearing laurel wreath
Reverse: SOLI INVICTO, Sol standing facing left in long robe, with raised right hand and holding up head of Serapis in left, star Γ to left, Mintmark SMN
Ref: RIC VI Nicomedia 77b
(12) Valens 369 AD
Obverse: DN VALENS P F AVG, Bust of Valens facing right, wearing pearl diadem, cuirass, and drapery
Reverse: GLORIA REIPVBLICAE, Roma and Constantinople facing each other, each holding a scepter and together holding a shield inscribed VOT V MVLT X; SMNI in exergue
Ref: RIC IX 13b.2 var.
(13) Valentinian I 367-375 AD
AE Double Maiorina Nicomedia
Obverse: DN VALENTINIANVS P F AVG, Bust of Valentinian facing right, wearing pearl diadem, cuirass, and drapery
Reverse: RESTITVTOR REIPVBLICAE, Valentinian standing, looking right, in military dress, holding labarum and Victory on globe; SMNA in exergue
Ref: RIC IX 7a