MAGNENTIUS, Usurper
AD 350-353

AE2. 4.55g, 21.4mm

MINTED: Lugdunum mint, AD 351-352
REF: RIC VIII Lugdunum 137; Bastien 177

OBVERSE: D N DECENTIVS NOB CAES, cuirassed bust right.

REVERSE: VICTORIAE DD NN AVG ET CAE, Two Victories holding wreath inscribed VOT/V/MVLT/X in four lines; SP between, RSLG in exergue.


Grade/Notes:

Almost Very Fine/Good. Patchy patina with some roughness, but a fairly sharp portrait.  Very slight flan unevenness.

 

Historical Notes:

When Magnentius killed Constans and usurped the western half of the Roman Empire, he gave the title of Caesar to his brother Decentius.  Decentius was charged with the defence of Gaul and the Rhine frontier against incursions from the Germanic tribes, but around 352, the Gallic province rebelled against his rule and he was expelled from the capital of Trier.  Magnentius was himself defeated by Emperor Constantius II at the Battle of Mons Seleucus, after which he committed suicide.  Decentius, beseiged in the city of Sens, and hearing of his brother's death, also committed suicide. 

DECENTIUS, Usurper . AD 350-353 . AE2 . Two Victories

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