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E-auction 566-506964 - brm_593956 - HERENNIA ETRUSCILLA Antoninien

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Estimate : 130 €
Price : 105 €
Maximum bid : 150 €
End of the sale : 19 February 2024 14:10:20
bidders : 10 bidders
Type : Antoninien
Date: 250
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : billon
Millesimal fineness : 400 ‰
Diameter : 23 mm
Orientation dies : 11 h.
Weight : 4,46 g.
Officine: 6e
Coments on the condition:
Flan large et épais. Très joli revers. Superbe buste. Patine grise
Catalogue references :


Obverse legend : HER ETRVSCILLA AVG.
Obverse description : Buste drapé et diadémé d'Étruscille à droite, vu de trois quarts en avant, posé sur un croissant (L15).
Obverse translation : “Herennia Etruscilla Augusta”, (Herennia Étruscille augusta).


Reverse legend : PVDICITIA AVG.
Reverse description : Pudicitia (la Pudeur) drapée et voilée assise à gauche, relevant son voile de la main droite et tenant un sceptre transversal de la gauche.
Reverse translation : “Pudicitia Augustæ”, (La Pudeur de l'augusta).

Historical background



Wife of Trajan Decius, Mother of Herennius Etruscus and Hostilian - Augusta

Étruscille comes from the Italian aristocracy. She was about forty years old when she received 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, then was proclaimed august when his father left to fight the Goths. They will both find death there. Before leaving, Trajan Decius names Caesar his second son, Hostilian, who is proclaimed august after the death of his father and his brother, perhaps at the instigation of the new august, Trebonian Galle. Étruscille, who remained in Rome, continues to be associated with coinage. Hostilian died at the end of the summer or at the beginning of the autumn of 251, victim of the plague or of his protector, Trebonian Galle, who hastened to proclaim his son Volusian august. Etruscille disappears from the coinage. She retreats into private life or is perhaps murdered, history does not say.

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