Silver Roman Coin of Trajan Decius.


The Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University

The Walsh Gallery at Seton Hall University
South Orange, United States

This hammered silver Antoninianus coin was stamped during the rule of Trajan Decius from 249-251. The obverse, seen above, depicts a bust of Trajan Decius wearing a spiked crown and facing right. He served as emperor from 249-251 and co-ruled with his son, Herennius Etruscus, the last year of his reign until both were killed in the Battle of Abritus. The bust is draped and cuirassed, meaning there is evidence of military armor under the draped fabric. The stamped motto states, "IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG", which loosely translates to "Emperor Caesar Messius Quintus Trajanus Decius Augustus." On the reverse, the agricultural fertility goddess Uberitas, who personifies abundance, richness, and faithfulness, stands in the center facing left. Uberitas was introduced by Trajan Decius to the pantheon of gods and goddesses in 249. This coin shows her holding a cornucopia (a symbol of abundance) and a purse. The stamped legend states, "VBERITAS AVG", translates roughly to "to the abundance of the emperor."


  • Title: Silver Roman Coin of Trajan Decius.
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: 249-251
  • Location Created: Unknown
  • Physical Dimensions: 7/8" X 7/8"
  • Type: Coin
  • Medium: Metal, Silver
  • Collection: The D'Argenio Collection

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