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E-auction 212-138580 - brm_291357 - TRAJAN DECIUS Antoninien

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Estimate : 70 €
Price : 57 €
Maximum bid : 70 €
End of the sale : 08 May 2017 14:28:00
bidders : 5 bidders
Type : Antoninien
Date: 250
Mint name / Town : Roma
Metal : billon
Millesimal fineness : 400 ‰
Diameter : 21,5 mm
Orientation dies : 1 h.
Weight : 3,88 g.
Rarity : R1
Officine: 4e
Coments on the condition:
Bel exemplaire avec de petites faiblesses sur les légendes. Joli portrait et beau revers
Catalogue references :
Predigree :
Exemplaire n°105 du trésor de la Guerche-sur-l’Aubois


Obverse description : Buste radié et cuirassé de Trajan Dèce à droite, vu de trois quarts en arrière (B4).
Obverse translation : “Imperator Cæsar Messius Quintus Traianus Decius Augustus”, (L'empereur césar Messius Quintus Trajan Dèce auguste).


Reverse legend : ADVENTVS AVG.
Reverse description : L'empereur à cheval à gauche, dans l'attitude de l'adlocutio, levant la main droite et tenant un sceptre de la gauche ; le cheval lève l’antérieur droit.
Reverse translation : “Adventus Augusti”, (L'Arrivée de l'auguste).


Rubans de type 3. Les ptéryges sont à peine visibles.

Historical background



Decius was born in 201 in Lower Pannonia. After a brilliant career which opened the doors of the Senate to him, he was governor of Lower Moesia under the reign of Alexander Severus. At the end of the reign of Philip, winner on the Danube of barbarian hordes, he was proclaimed august despite his refusal. He writes it to Philippe who does not believe him and marches against him. Philip and his son are killed in battle near Verona. Decius joins to his name that, prestigious, of Trajan. After a stint in Rome, Decius travels to the Danubian Limes. Deserted, the limes allowed the Goths to filter through, ravaging the Danubian provinces, where the Emperor originated. He fails to stem the invasion. From 250, a new plague ravages the Empire. The plague decimated population and herds and further weakened the limes. He began a persecution against Christians in 250 (Polyeucte, Corneille). The following year, he went to the limes, defeated the Goths, but his son was killed. He himself finds death while wanting to avenge him. He is the first emperor to fall in battle against the Barbarians.

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