AE Sesterius of Trajan Decius
money; coins (money)
Roman Empress Herennia Etruscilla is on the face of the coin, which was minted during her husband, Trajan Decius' reign beginning in 249. Not much is known about her other than that she was the wife of Roman Emperor Decius, and she became Regent of the Roman Empire. Decius is often remembered for persecuting Christians and requiring citizens to sacrifice to the Roman Gods. On the reverse holding a scepter is the seated Goddess Pudicitia, who personifies modesty and chastity, the finest qualities Roman women could possess. Although most popular on Herennias' coins, Pudicitia is common on many coins of imperial women.
Herennia, Emperess of Rome
Sear 9505; RIC 5-1366
ARTH250 (Professor V. Rousseau Fall 2021)
University Art Collection, University of St. Thomas (St. Paul)