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CNG Keystone Auction 1: Part I of the Style Collection

Lot nuber 47

Herennia Etruscilla. Augusta, AD 249-251. AR Antoninianus (23mm, 3.78 g, 1h). Rome mint, 6th officina.


CNG Keystone Auction 1: Part I of the Style Collection
Lot: 47.
 Estimated: $ 100

Roman Imperial, Silver

Sold For $ 120. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

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Herennia Etruscilla. Augusta, AD 249-251. AR Antoninianus (23mm, 3.78 g, 1h). Rome mint, 6th officina. 3rd emission of Trajan Decius, AD 250. Draped bust right, wearing stephane, set on crescent / Pudicitia seated left, drawing veil from face and holding scepter. RIC IV 59b (Decius); RSC 19. Light iridescent toning over subdued luster. Near EF. With a wonderful portrait.

From the Style Collection.

As with most third century Roman empresses, little is known about Herennia Cupressennia Etruscilla, wife of Trajan Decius. Her name (Cupressennia appears on her provincial coins, not on Roman issues) indicates her family was of Etruscan origin, and some historians have concluded that it was through her ancestral titles that her husband Decius, of humble provincial origins, was able to enter the Senate and ultimately achieve the throne. The names of their sons, Herennius Estruscus and Hostilian, suggest the couple revered her family’s ancestry. After the deaths of Decius and Herennius in battle, Herennia Etruscilla continued to bear the title of Augusta and apparently served as regent for the adolescent Hostilian for some months until his death of the plague in November of AD 251, after which she retired into obscurity.

Closing Date and Time: 20 November 2019 at 10:15:20 ET.

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