HERENNIA ETRUSCILLA, wife of Trajan Decius
AR Tetradrachm. 11.77g, 25.5mm
MINTED: SYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria, Antioch, AD 249-251
REF: Prieur 606
OBVERSE: ЄΡЄΝΝΙΑ ЄΤΡΟΥCΚΙΛΛΑ CЄΒ, draped bust set on crescent to right, wearing stephane; offina mark below.
REVERSE: ΔΗΜΑΡX ЄΞOYCIAC, Eagle standing left on palm branch, wings spread, holding wreath in beak; S C in exergue.
Lightly toned with some minor roughness.
Antioch on the Orontes River (modern day Antakya, Turkey) was a great city in the Roman province of Syria. It was built by Seleukos I, one of Alexander the Great's generals, who founded the Seleukid Empire after the Alexander's death and the division of his empire by his successors, the diadochi. Antioch occupied an enviable position on the ancient Silk Road trading route, and was during Roman times was the third most important city in the Empire, after Alexandria in Egypt and Rome itself. The city also played an important role in early Christian history, and it was at Antioch that the followers of Jesus were first referred to as Christians.
HERENNIA ETRUSCILLA . SYRIA, Seleucis and Pieria, Antioch . AR Tetradrachm
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