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Live auction - brm_552926 - HERENNIA ETRUSCILLA Antoninien

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Estimate : 350 €
Price : 220 €
Maximum bid : 220 €
End of the sale : 29 October 2019 14:55:47
bidders : 1 bidder
Type : Antoninien
Date: 251
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : billon
Millesimal fineness : 400 ‰
Diameter : 22 mm
Orientation dies : 12 h.
Weight : 4,37 g.
Rarity : R1
Officine: 6e
Coments on the condition:
Exemplaire de qualité exceptionnelle sur un flan ovale, parfaitement centré avec les grènetis complets. Portrait d’Étruscille de toute beauté. Revers bien venu à la frappe, finement détaillé. Très jolie patine grise avec des reflets dorés. Conserve l’intégralité de son brillant de frappe et de son coupant d’origine
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Obverse legend : HER ETRVSCILLA AVG.
Obverse description : Buste diadémé et drapé d'Étruscille à droite, vu de trois quarts en avant, posé sur un croissant (L15) avec la chevelure ondulée.
Obverse translation : “Herennia Etruscilla Augusta”, (Herennia Étruscille augusta).


Reverse legend : FECVNDITAS AVGG.
Reverse description : Fecunditas (la Fécondité) drapée debout de face, regardant à gauche, tendant la main droite à un enfant à ses pieds, et tenant une corne d'abondance de la main gauche.
Reverse translation : “Fecunditas Augustorum”, (Le Fécondité des l’augustes).


Poids lourd. le doublement du G dans la légende du revers indique que deux augustes sont associés (Trajan Dèce et Herennius Etruscus ou Hostilien et Trébonien Galle).

Historical background


(251) Herennia Cupressenia Etruscilla

Wife of Trajan Decius, mother Herennius etruscus and Hostilianus - Augusta (249-251)

Étruscille is derived from the Italian aristocracy. She is aged about forty years when it receives the title of augusta in 249, as part of the second issue of Trajan Decius. The following year, his eldest son Herennius etruscus received the title of Caesar, and proclaimed august when his father went to fight the Goths. They will find both death. Before leaving, Trajan Decius Caesar appointed his second son, who was proclaimed Hostilianus august after the death of his father and his brother, perhaps at the instigation of new august Trebonianus Galle. Étruscille, who had remained in Rome, continues to be associated with counterfeiting. Hostilianus dies at the end of summer or early fall of 251 victims of the plague or of his protector, Trebonianus Galle, who hastens to proclaim his son Volusien august. Étruscille disappears from the coinage. She retired into private life was perhaps murdered, history does not say.

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