Silver Double Denarius c. 249-251 AD HERENNIA ETRUSCILLA


Silver Double Denarius, Ancient Rome, c. 249-251 AD

Ruler: Herennia Etruscilla (wife of Trajan Decius, mother of Heren. Etrus. and Hostilian)

Obv: Diademed & draped bust of Herennia, right - crescent behind shoulders

Rev: PUDICITIA AVG Pudicitia seated left, holding scepter

Mint: Rome (struck 250 AD)

Sear-R9495 - 23mm, 4.57gm

Annia Cupressenia Herennia Etruscilla was Augusta of the Roman Empire, wife of Emperor Decius, and mother of Emperors Herennius Etruscus and Hostilian.

 Herennia married Decius probably before 230 and gained the title Augusta  in 249. As with most third-century Roman Empresses, very little is known about Herennia.  It is assumed that her ancestors settled in Etrurian lands. Probably of senatorial family, she became regent for her son Hostilian, when Decius and Herennius were defeated and killed by the Goths at the Battle of Abrittus in 251 AD .Hostilian died of the plague later that year, and she sunk into obscurity. 

  • Inventory# PA-3363