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
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