Decentius (351 - 353 AD)

Magnus Decentius (died 18 August 353) was a usurper of the Western Roman Empire against emperor Constantius II. Decentius was possibly the brother of Magnentius, who had revolted against Constantius on 18 January 350. Magnentius elevated Decentius as Caesar by him that winter, to oversee the defence of Gaul and the Rhine frontier. He was appointed consul ordanarius in 352, and again in 353 with Magnentius. When Magnentius was defeated by Constantius at the Battle of Mons Seleucus and committed suicide, Decentius, who was leading reinforcements, hanged himself at Senonae.

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Decentius 'Chi-Rho' Centenionalis 019045

Rare Decentius 'Chi-Rho' Centenionalis
Bronze, 5.89 grams, 23.21 mm. Trier. 350-353 AD. Obverse: DN DECENTI-VS FORT CAES, bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: SALVS DD NN AVG ET CAES, around large Chi-Rho flanked by A and W. Mintmark TRS dot in exergue. RIC VIII Trier 324; Sear 4033. Very fine. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com

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Decentius 'Chi-Rho' Centenionalis 019045


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