Roman Imperial coin, silver, AR antoninianus. Struck during the reign of Caesar Gaius Messius Quintus Traianus Decius Augustus in honor of his wife Herennia Etruscilla during her lifetime, 249-251 C.E. The draped bust of Herennia Etruscilla wears a diadem and faces right in profile, obverse with the inscriptions "HER ETRVSCILLA AVG" surrounding image. On reverse, the standing figure of Pudicitia, the goddess and personification of modesty and sexual virtue, faces left and holds a scepter in her left arm while drawing her veil from her face with her right with the inscriptions "PVDICITIA AVG" surrounding image. Reverse off struck, rendering the inscriptions difficult to decipher.
Date range: 249-251 C.E.
Remarks: Descended from an old Italian family, Herennia Etruscilla was the wife of Trajan Decius and the mother of Herennius Etruscus and Hostilian. Trajan Decius' coins were minted in Rome, Milan, and Antioch.
Reference: David Sear, "Roman Coins and Their Values", (Vol III, 2005), #9494, pg 214
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