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    Default New Coin, Been Awhile



    I haven't had much time lately to focus on my other hobby, but I did pick up this coin recently and it arrived in the mail today shipped from Switzerland.

    Herennius Etruscus (249-251 A.D.) as Caesar

    Silver (AR) Antoninianus

    23mm 3.2 grams

    Obverse: Herennius facing right

    Reverse: PRINCIPI JVVENTVTIS (Prince of the Youth in English), Etruscus facing left holding spear and staff

    The story behind this coin is a bit interesting. Following an invasion of the Goths under their king Cniva into the Empire Etruscus was sent with an advance force to crush the invaders, followed by his father the Emperor Trajan Decius (249-251 A.D.) with the rest of their legions.

    While the Romans won the first battle the enemy re-concentrated and ambushed the Romans at the Battle of Abritus in what was then the province of Moesia Inferior. Etruscus was probably killed by an arrow early in the battle, and his father the Emperor urged his troops on, saying that the death of one soldier was of little significance to the Republic. Unfortunately the Emperor also was killed in the battle forcing the remaining general Trebonianus Gallus who was acclaimed emperor by the troops, to conclude a humiliating peace treaty with the Goths. The Romans also suffered the loss of a massive amount of gold coins in the battle. Anyway, a bit of history.

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    Default Re: New Coin, Been Awhile

    A nice coin. Looks like he wasn't shaving yet.....
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    Default Re: New Coin, Been Awhile

    Quote Originally Posted by not_Fritz_Argelander View Post
    A nice coin. Looks like he wasn't shaving yet.....
    Probably not...
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    Default Re: New Coin, Been Awhile

    Fascinating coin and story Michael. Is that how teens wear crowns back then?
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    Default Re: New Coin, Been Awhile

    Quote Originally Posted by Bigzmey View Post
    Fascinating coin and story Michael. Is that how teens wear crowns back then?
    The crown actually is a symbol of value. The smaller silver coin the denarius had a laureate bust, while the double-denarius (called an Antoninianus) featured a crowned bust, signifying its value of two denarii. Empresses and princesses were depicted on the Antoninianus with a crescent moon under their portrait, signifying the double denarius as well, just like in this coin of the Empress Herennia Etruscilla (the wife of Trajan Decius and the Mother of the unfortunate Etruscus)

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    Default Re: New Coin, Been Awhile

    Hi Michael. Yet another great Roman coin for your collection. Although this dude looks rather young for this position. Thanks for your excellent photos and the history lesson Michael, and the the very best of regards.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Makuser View Post
    Hi Michael. Yet another great Roman coin for your collection. Although this dude looks rather young for this position. Thanks for your excellent photos and the history lesson Michael, and the the very best of regards.
    Young indeed, but still old enough to lead the troops. Definitely a different era Marshall.
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    Default Re: New Coin, Been Awhile

    The obverse image looks like he's holding a knife. He was pretty good with knives when he was one of the Magnificent Seven, too!

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    It appears there is a toothpick poking out of his mouth.
    Nice coin.
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    Default Re: New Coin, Been Awhile

    Being totally ignorant to this hobby, I can appreciate the quality of your fine coin and I really enjoy the history of it.

    Michael, as old as this piece is and seeing its remarkable condition, I would say that it would be extremely rare and valuable. Congratulations on your fine acquisition!

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