Roman Empire. Trajan Decius (249-251 A.D.) for Divus Augustus (+14 a.D.). AR Antoninianus, Rome in 251 A.D. DIVO AVGVSTO / CONSECRATIO, lighted altar.
Roman Empire - Trajan Decius, 249-251. Silver antoninianus (3,52 g. 22 mm.,) commemorative issue for DIVUS AUGUSTUS died 14 A.D. Minted in Rome in 251 A.D.
DIVO AVGVSTO, radiate head right /
CONSECRATIO, lighted altar.
RIC IV 78 (Trajan Decius); Hunter 3 (Trajan Decius); RSC -.
Good very fine condition, rare coin!!
When Decius became emperor shortly after the millenium of Rome, he attempted to garner support by restoring the traditional Roman religion. However, by this time the old Roman pantheon was no longer in vogue. Therefore, Decius issued a series of coins commemorating the deified emperors. The list of rulers commemorated, eleven in all, falls short of the total then residing with Jupiter on Olympus, and there is no explanation as to why the series lacks such figures as the deified Julius Caesar, Claudius, Lucius Verus, Pertinax or Caracalla. To further confuse matters, the series does include one emperor who was never deified and whose appearance thus remains an enigma - Severus Alexander.
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