Syria, Seleucis and Pieria, Antiochia ad Orontem
AYT K G ME KY TΡAIANOC ΔEKIOC CEB, Laureate bust of Trajan Decius right, draped and cuirassed, seen from behind; below bust, three pellets
ΔHMAΡX EΞOYCIAC, Eagle standing left on palm branch, head left, wings spread, wreath in beak; in exergue, SC
28.00g, 11.3g, 12h
VF, well struck, wide flan, toned, a few deposits
ex private collector (2018)
Trajan Decius was Roman Emperor for only 2 short years. His is remembered for starting an empire-wide persecution of Christians through the issuing of an edict ordering everyone to perform a sacrifice to the Roman gods and the well-being of the Emperor. Also notably, he was the first Roman Emperor to to die in battle against a foreign enemy, during the Battle of Abritus.