Obverse description : Buste radié et cuirassé de Trajan Dèce à gauche, cuirasse aux épaulettes et cou décorés au-dessus d’un plastron lisse, avec balteus, un globule sous le buste, vu de trois quarts en avant (B1).
Obverse legend : AUT K G ME KU DEKIOS TRAIANOS SEB.
Obverse translation : (L’empereur césar Caius Messius Quintus Dèce Trajan auguste).
Reverse legend : S C À L’EXERGUE.
Reverse description : Aigle debout à droite sur une palme, les ailes déployées, tête à droite et queue à gauche, tenant une couronne feuillée dans son bec.
Reverse legend : DHMARC EX OUSIAS.
Reverse translation : (Revêtu de la puissance tribunitienne / avec l’accord du Sénat d’Antioche).
(07/249-06/251) Caius Messius Quintus Traianus Decius
Decius was born in 201 in Lower Pannonia. After a brilliant career that opened the doors of the Senate, he was governor of Lower Moesia under the reign of Alexander Severus. At the end of the reign of Philip, winner of the Danube barbarian hordes, it is proclaimed august despite his refusal. He wrote to Philip, who does not believe and work against him. Philip and his son are killed in the battle that took place near Verona. Decius attached to his name this prestigious, Trajan. After a stint in Rome, Decius went on the Danube limes who deserted leaked Goths ravaging the Danubian provinces which the Emperor was born. It fails to stem the invasion. From 250, a new plague ravaging the Empire, the plague that decimated population and herds and further weakens the limes. He began a persecution against Christians in 250 (Polyeuctes, Corneille). The following year, he focuses on the limes, beats the Goths, but his son is killed. He finds himself wanting to avenge death. He is the first emperor to fall in battle against the Barbarians.