AD 250-251

AR Antoninianus. 3.57g, 23.6mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 250-251
REF: RIC Decius 147c (scarce)
OBVERSE: Q HER ETRMES DECIVS NOB C, radiate and draped bust right.
REVERSE: PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS, Herennius standing left, holding baton and spear.


Very Fine/Extremely Fine. Old collection toning. Obverse struck with slightly worn die, but with an exceptionally crisp and well-struck reverse.


Historical Notes:

Herennius Etruscus was the son of Roman emperor, Trajan Decius, and for a brief period in 251, shared co-rule with his father. He was 24 years old when he and his father led an army against King Cniva of the Goths, who was invading the Danubian provinces.  When their army was near Abrittus in June 251, they were unexpectedly ambushed by Cniva's forces.  Herennius was killed early in the skirmish and Decius soon after, both becoming the first Roman emperors to die in battle against a foreign enemy.

HERENNIUS ETRUSCUS, as Caesar . AD 250-251 . AR Antoninianus . "Principi"

SKU: 425
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