Sestertius of Trajan Decius
money; coins (money)
This coin features a portrait of Trajan Decius, who became Emperor of Rome after killing his predecessor Philip the Arab during a rebellion. Trajan Decius reigned for only two years until he was killed in the Battle of Abritus alongside his son, with whom he co-ruled for one year. Despite his short reign, he wears a laurel wreath crown as a symbol of triumph. The reverse side features a winged figure representing Victory. In its right hand, the figure holds a wreath like the one the emperor wears, with a palm in its left hand, two additional symbols of victory. The victorious imagery does not reflect the era of political turmoil.
Trajan Decius, Emperor of Rome
Sear 9409; RIC 108a
ARTH250 (Professor V. Rousseau, Fall 2021)
University Art Collection, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul)