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Home > Catalog > Roman Coins > Crisis and Decline > Trajan Decius > RB88867
Trajan Decius, July 249 - First Half of June 251 A.D.
The Dacian Draco was the standard ensign of troops of the ancient Dacian people, which can be seen in the hands of the soldiers of Decebalus in several scenes depicted on Trajan's Column in Rome, Italy. It has the form of a dragon with open wolf-like jaws containing several metal tongues. The hollow dragon's head was mounted on a pole with a fabric tube affixed at the rear. In use, the draco was held up into the wind, or above the head of a horseman, where it filled with air and gave the impression it was alive while making a shrill sound as the wind passed through its strips of material.Draco
RB88867. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV 112b; Cohen V 18, SRCV III 9399, Hunter III 32 var. (bust), VF, red-brown patina, earthen deposits, tight flan, reverse legend weak and partially off flan, Rome mint, weight 18.204g, maximum diameter 28.1mm, die axis 180o, 249 - 251 A.D.; obverse IMP CAES C MESS Q DECIO TRAI AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse DACIA, Dacia standing half left, wearing robe reaching feet, vertical staff in right hand topped with head of Draco, S - C (senatus consulto) divided across field; SOLD











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