Trajan Decius (AD 249 - AD 251)

Decius may have been born around AD 201 to a senatorial family. He was governor in Moesia in the mid 230s. Decius married Herennia Cupressenia Etruscilla. Philip the Arab sent Decius to restore order along the Danube. When he arrived local troops killed Marinus, who had established himself as emperor in the area. The troops named Decius emperor and asked him to lead them in revolt against Philip the Arab. After Philip died, either in the fighting or by assassination, Decius was made emperor. Decius took on the name "Trajan" partly for its association with the area in which he had served and partly because of the respect in which Trajan was held. He implemented a building plan and, according to Christian sources, a persecution. Decius died while on campaign near Nicopolis with his son Herennius Etruscus fighting the Goths at Abrittus, late in AD 251.

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Trajan Decius 'Dacia' Sestertius 027847

Trajan Decius 'Dacia' Sestertius
Bronze, 20.11 grams, 28.32 mm. Rome. AD 249-250. Obverse: IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, laureate, cuirassed bust right. Reverse: DACIA, Dacia standing left holding draco standard, (a staff surmounted by a donkey's head), S-C across fields. RIC 113a; Cohen 28; Sear 9400. Good very fine/good. Accompanied by an old collection ticket.
£65.00

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Trajan Decius 'Dacia' Sestertius 027847
Trajan Decius 'The Pannoniae' AE As 027830

Scarce Trajan Decius 'The Pannoniae' AE As
Bronze, 13.27 grams, 27.36 mm. Rome. AD 250-251. Obverse: IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, laureate, cuirassed bust right, seen from the back. Reverse: PANNONIAE, the two Pannonia standing, each holding a standard. S-C across fields. RIC 124b; Cohen 88; Sear 9429. Very fine/fine. Accompanied by an old collection ticket. A significant coin which has been published on wildwinds.com
£120.00

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Trajan Decius 'The Pannoniae' AE As 027830
Trajan Decius 'Abundance' Antoninianus 022435

Trajan Decius 'Abundance' Antoninianus
Silver, 5.69 grams, 22.93 mm. Rome. 250 AD. Obverse: IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: ABVNDANTIA AVG, Abundantia standing right, pouring forth the contents of a cornucopiae. RIC 10b; Sear 9364. Good extremely fine with a soft reverse.
£60.00

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Trajan Decius 'Abundance' Antoninianus 022435
Trajan Decius 'The Illyrian Army' Antoninianus 022436

Trajan Decius 'The Illyrian Army' Antoninianus
Silver, 3.98 grams, 21.18 mm. Rome. 250 AD. Obverse: IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: GENIVS EXERC ILLVRICIANI, Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopiae; standard to right. RIC 16c; Sear 9374; RSC 49. Good extremely fine.
£70.00

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Trajan Decius 'The Illyrian Army' Antoninianus 022436
Trajan Decius 'Victory' Antoninianus 022135

Trajan Decius 'Victory' Antoninianus
Silver, 4.24 grams, 21.79 mm. Rome. 249-251 AD. Obverse: IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from the back. Reverse: VICTORIA AVG, Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm. RIC 29; RSC 113a; Sear 9387. Extremely fine.
£60.00

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Trajan Decius 'Victory' Antoninianus 022135
Trajan Decius 'Dacia' Antoninianus 022134

Trajan Decius 'Dacia' Antoninianus
Silver, 4.11 grams, 22.50 mm. Rome. 249-251 AD. Obverse: IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from the back. Reverse: DACIA, Dacia standing left, holding vertical staff surmounted by ass's head. RIC 12b; RSC 16; Sear 9368. Extremely fine.
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Trajan Decius 'Dacia' Antoninianus 022134
Trajan Decius 'Genius' Antoninianus 022133

Trajan Decius 'Genius' Antoninianus
Silver, 5.39 grams, 21.45 mm. Rome. 250 AD. Obverse: IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right, seen from the back. Reverse: GENIVS EXERC ILLVRICIANI, Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopiae, standard to right. RIC 16c; RSC 49; Sear 9374. Extremely fine.
£60.00

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Trajan Decius 'Genius' Antoninianus 022133


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