Trajan Decius

249 - 251 A.D.

Decius was a leading commander in the employ of the emperor Philip I. When several revolts broke out in different quarters of the empire Decius was selected to push back the Goths. Dutifully, he went on his way and did so effective a job of handling the invaders that the soldiers hailed him as their emperor on the spot. Philip was none too amused at this and gathered his army to meet the new usurper. A major battle was fought at their meeting point in Verona ending with Philip's defeat.

On arrival to Rome he was well received by the people and the Senate. However, he hardly earned any brownie points when he became a rather energetic persecutor of Christians. Before long he was engaged in another bout of incursions from the Goths. This time luck was not on his side and a tactical error on his part led to the early death of his son and co-Augustus Herennius Etruscus. Trying to marshall the spirits of his men he is recorded as brushing off the loss with the nonchalant comment "The death of one soldier but hardly bothers me". All for naught since his death was to follow soon after. Speculation of contemporary biographers look suspiciously on Trebonianus Gallus, who became emperor immediately afterwards.

AR Antoninianus

RIC 9, Cohen 45 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPTRAIANVSDECIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed.
Rev: GENILLVRICI - Genius standing left, a patera in right hand and cornucopia in left hand.


RIC 10b, Cohen 2 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMQTRAIANVSDECIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: ABVNDANTIAAVG - Abundantia standing right pouring forth the contents of a cornucopia.


RIC 11b, Cohen 4 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMQTRAIANVSDECIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: ADVENTVSAVG - Decius on horse riding left, with left hand raised in salute and scepter in other arm.


RIC 12b, Cohen16 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMQTRAIANVSDECIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: DACIA - Dacia standing left, hold a staff with an ass's head on it. Lot sold for $8 12/15/01.


RIC 16b, Cohen 49 AR Antoninianus IMPCMQTRAIANVSDECIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: GENIVSEXERCILLVRICIANI - Genius standing left, holding patera and cornucopia, to left, a standard. Lot sold for $20 11/17/01.


RIC 21b, Cohen 86 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMQTRAIANVSDECIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: PANNONIAE - The two Pannoniae standing front, heads turned away each other and each with a standard. Lot sold for $13 11/11/01.


RIC 28b, Cohen 105 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMQTRAIANVSDECIVSAVG - Radiate bust right, draped and cuirassed
Rev: VBERITASAVG - Uberitas standing left, holding purse and cornucopia. Lot sold for $14 12/6/01.


RIC 29c, S 2714 AR Antoninianus Obv: IMPCMQTRAIANVSDECIVSAVG, His radiate and cuirassed bust right
Rev: VICTORIAAVG, Victory advancing left holding wreath and palm-branch. Lot sold for $60 11/16/01.


Sestertius

RIC 115c, Cohen 40 Double Sestertius Obv: IMPCMQTRAIANVSDECIVSAVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right
Rev: FELICITASSAECVLI, S C across field, Felicitas standing facing, head left, holding caduceus and cornucopiae.


Dupondius

RIC 117d, Cohen 55 Dupondius Obv: IMPCMQTRAIANVSDECIVSAVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind.
Rev: GENIVSEXERCILLYRICIANI, Genius of the armies of Illyricum standing left, holding patera and cornucopia, standard right.


Provincials

SNG Levante 1165, SNG France 1766 AE34 (Cilicia, Tarsus) Obv: AVKEGMECŠKOVŠEKITPAIANOCEVEVCEB, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right; P P across field.
Rev: TAPCOV MHTPOPOLEWC, humped bull kneeling before garlanded altar; behind, upper part of male figure (Trajan Decius?) facing, holding a shield and lance; on the right, Perseus standing left, holding Gorgoneion, harpe and phile over altar; on left, Demeter standing right, pointing two torches towards a high column surmounted by a cultus-statuette of Apollo Lykeios holding two wolves. Lot sold for $240 1/16/02.