Lucernae Prima

Closes Tuesday, June 2, 2020 11:00 AM CDT

High quality for this scarce issue; beautiful portrait details
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Lot 369.  Trajan Decius (249-251 A.D.) silver antoninianus, DIVO TITO. Rome, 251 A.D. CONSECRATIO, eagle!

Roman Empire - Trajan Decius (249-251 A.D.) silver antoninianus (4,00 grs. 23 mm.), DIVO TITO. Minted in Rome, 251 A.D. CONSECRATIO, eagle! DIVO TITO, radiate head right. CONSECRATIO, eagle. RIC 82a. 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 produced in 251 A.D. a rare series of antoniniani commemorating eleven deified emperors (somewhat surprisingly including Commodus). The list of rulers commemorated, 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, 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. The reverses bear either an eagle or an altar, which can, however, be shown in varying ways. Most of the altars have side ornaments at their corners and some have a wavy top. Extremely fine condition! Original shine still remind in some areas. Lustrous and amazing Titus portrait! We have cleaned this coin recently so take a look to the results after the cleaning process (the original appearing of the coin in shown in the pictures to the right).

Estimate: 350 


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