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Collection Roman Collection
Catalog Number 2015.7.78
Object Name Coin
Description Roman Imperial coin, silver, AR antoninianus. Struck during the reign of Caesar Gaius Messius Quintus Traianus Decius Augustus in honor of his son Herennius Etruscus as Caesar, 250-251 C.E. The radiate head of Herennius Etruscus faces right in profile, on obverse with the inscription "Q HER ETR MES DECIVS NOB" surrounding image. On reverse, the seated figure of Apollo (the god of music, truth and prophecy, healing, the sun and light, plague, poetry) faces left and holds a laurel branch in his right hand and rests his left elbow against a lyre with the inscriptions "PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS" surrounding image.
Date range: 250-251 C.E.

Remarks: Quintus Herennius Etruscus Messius Decius was the elder son of Trajan Decius, and was given the rank of Caesar in 250 C.E. He was created Augustus the following year, but shortly afterwards he and his father were killed in battle against the Goths. Trajan Decius' coins were minted in Rome, Milan, and Antioch.

Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values", (Vol III, 2005), #9522, pg 217
Title Herennius Etruscus
Date 250-251 CE
Material Silver
Dimensions Dia-0.813 inches
Credit line Gift of Arthur G. and Roswitha Haas
Subjects Roman Empire
Ancient Rome