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Title Page

Introduction

About Roman Coins

Denominations

Coins of Other Ancient Cultures

Identifying Roman Coins

How To Use This Book

Mintmarks

Mint Map

Pricing And Grading

Bibliography

Reference Catalogs Cited

Coin Terms Used

Glossary

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Index of Rulers

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Imperial Catalog:

AUGUSTUS
LIVA
AGRIPPA
NERO CLAUDIUS DRUSUS
GERMANICUS
AGRIPPINA I
TIBERIUS
DRUSUS
ANTONIA
CALIGULA
CLAUDIUS I
BRITANNICUS
AGRIPPINA II
NERO
GALBA
CLODIUS MACER
OTHO
VITELLIUS
VESPASIAN
DOMITILLA
TITUS
DOMITIAN
DOMITIA
JULIA TITI
NERVA
TRAJAN
PLOTINA
MARCIANA
MATIDIA
HADRIAN
SABINA
AELIUS
ANTONINUS PIUS
FAUSTINA I
MARCUS AURELIUS
FAUSTINA II
LUCIUS VERUS
LUCILLA
COMMODUS
CRISPINA
PERTINAX
DIDIUS JULIANUS
MANLIA SCANTILLA
DIDIA CLARA
PESCENNIUS NIGER
CLODIUS ALBINUS
SEPTIMIUS SEVERUS
JULIA DOMNA
CARACALLA
PLAUTILLA
GETA
MACRINUS
DIADUMENIAN
ELAGABALUS
JULIA MAESA
JULIA SOAEMIAS
JULIA PAULA
AQUILIA SEVERA
ANNIA FAUSTINA
SEVERUS ALEXANDER
JULIA MAMAEA
ORBIANA
MAXIMINUS I
PAULINA
MAXIMUS
GORDIAN I
GORDIAN II
BALBINUS
PUPIENUS
GORDIAN III
TRANQUILLINA
PHILIP I
OTACILIA SEVERA
PHILIP II
PACATIAN
JOTAPIAN
TRAJAN DECIUS
HERENNIA ETRUSCILLA
HERENNIUS ETRUSCUS
HOSTILIAN
TREBONIANUS GALLUS
VOLUSIAN
AEMILIAN
CORNELIA SUPERA
SILBANNACUS
URANIUS ANTONINUS
VALERIAN I
MARINIANA
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GALLIENUS
SALONINA
SALONINUS
REGALIANUS
DRYANTILLA
POSTUMUS
LAELIANUS
MARIUS
VICTORINUS
DOMITIAN II
TETRICUS I
TETRICUS II
QUIETUS
MACRIANUS
CLAUDIUS II
QUINTILLUS
AURELIAN
SEVERINA
ZENOBIA
VABALATHUS
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SATURNINUS
CARUS
CARINUS
MAGNIA URBICA
NIGRIAN
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DIOCLETIAN
MAXIMIAN
CARAUSIUS
ALLECTUS
DOMITIUS DOMITIANUS
CONSTANTIUS I
THEODORA
GALERIUS
GALERIA VALERIA
SEVERUS II
MAXENTIUS
ROMULUS
CONSTANTINE I
HELENA
FAUSTA
ALEXANDER
LICINIUS I
CONSTANTIA
MAXIMINUS II
LICINIUS II
CRISPUS
VALERIUS VALENS
MARTINIAN
CONSTANTINE II
DELMATIUS
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NEPOTIAN
VETRANO
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JOVIAN
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GALLA PLACIDIA
JOHANNES
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HONORIA
PETRONIUS MAXIMINUS
AVITUS
MAJORIAN
LIBIUS SEVERUS
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GLYCERIUS
JULIUS NEPOS
ROMULUS AUGUSTUS
ARCADIUS
EUDOXIA
PULCHERIA
THEODOSIUS II
EUDOCIA
MARCIAN
LEO I
VERINA
LEO II
ZENO
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ERIC The Encyclopedia of Roman Imperial Coins
by Rasiel Suarez


Hostilian 

   Augustus 250-251 

Hostilian was the son of Trajan Decius and brother of Herennius Etruscus. He was made Augustus along with his father and brother shortly before heading out to meet a barbarian army. Both Decius and Etruscus died in battle leaving him as sole emperor, briefly, before one of Decius's generals, Trebonianus Gallus, was also elevated to the throne by the surviving soldiers. Hostilian died soon after of the plague at a young age. 
 
This is a tough emperor to find for your collection. He is well represented among the silver Antoniniani, the bronzes which are for the most part euphemistically called Sestertii but are often fairly lightweight (and often misshapen) and, yes, even the mighty gold Aureus can be found if you can withstand the sticker shock. 
 
A nice Antoninianus will cost around $150 give or take fifty dollars or so depending on whos selling it and, of course, the condition of the coin. A premium is often added for coins bearing a legend denoting him as Augustus rather than Caesar and mint state coins will also command significantly higher prices. 
 
Also to consider are the various bronze coins struck in Greece during his reign, the so-called provincial issues. While these are not catalogued here, having Greek inscriptions and meant for trade within the Greek-speaking regions of the empire, they are abundantly available and considerably cheaper than the imperial issues. 
 

Busts: 

1) Bare head right 
2) Bare-headed, draped bust right 
3) Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right 
4) Laureate, draped bust right 
5) Radiate, draped bust right 

 

Obverses: 

 
1) C OVAL OSTIL MES COVINTVS AVG 
2) C OVAL OSTIL MES COVINTVS CAESAR 
3) C OVAL OSTIL MES COVINVS CAESAR 
4) C OVL OSTIL MES COVINTVS CAESAR 
5) C VAL HOS MES QVINTVS N C 
6) C VAL HOST M QVINT CAES 
7) C VAL HOST MES QVINTVS CAESAR 
8) C VAL HOSTIL MES QVINTVS CAESAR 
9) C VALENS HOS MES QVINTVS N C 
10) C VALENS HOSTIL MES QVINTVS N C 
11) C VALENS HOTIL MES QVINTVS N C 
12) C VALE QVT M OSTILIAN N C 
13) IMP CAE C VAL HOS MES QVINTVS AVG 
14) IMP CAES C VAL HOST MES Q AVG 
15) IMP CAES C VAL HOSTIL MES QVINT AVG 

 

Reverses: 

 
5) MAR PROP 
11) PIETAS AVGVSTORVM 
12) PM TR P II COS V 
13) PRINC IVVENT 
14) PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS 
17) QVINTO FELIX 
18) ROM AETERNAE AVG 
21) SALVS AVGVS 
27) No legend 

 

Types: 

 
1) Aequitas standing left, holding scale and cornucopia
2) Apollo seated left, holding branch and leaning on lyre 
3) Hands, in handshake 
4) Hostilian riding horse left, raising hand and holding spear. 
5) Hostilian standing left, holding standard and spear. 
6) Hostilian standing left, holding wand and spear. 
7) Mars advancing right, holding spear and shield 
8) Mercury standing left, holding purse and caduceus 
9) Pannonia standing right, holding helmet and standard 
10) Pax standing left, holding branch and scepter 
11) Sacrificial implements: simpulum, cruet, lituus, etc. (variously arranged) 
12) Providentia standing left, holding globe and scepter 
13) Pudicitia seated left, pulling veil and holding scepter
14) Roma seated left, holding Victory and spear; shield to side. 
15) Salus standing left, feeding snake on altar and holding scepter 
16) Securitas standing, facing, leaning on column and with legs crossed, resting head on hand. 
17) Spes advancing left, holding flower and raising skirt. 
18) Temple with (2) columns, Juno seated within 
19) Temple with (6) columns, Roma standing within 
20) Uberitas standing left, holding purse and cornucopia
21) Victory advancing left, holding wreath and palm
22) Victory standing right on globe, holding wreath and palm 
23) Wreath, VOTIS DECENNALIBVS within 

 

Mints: 

 
1) Antioch 
2) Mediolanum? 
3) Roma 

 
 
AU Aureus Reference(s) 
 
1) B2, O10, R14, T05 RIC 181b (IViii, Trajan Decius),C 33 
2) B2, O10, R14, T06 RIC 183b  (IViii, Trajan Decius), C 37 
3) B4, O12, R15, T12 

 
 
4) B5, O01, R02, T01 Obv. Exe: IIV C 3b 
5) B5, O01, R20, T19 RIC 205 (IViii, Trajan Decius
6) B5, O01, R24, T20 RIC 207 (IViii, Trajan Decius
7) B5, O01, R25, T22 RIC 209d (IViii, Trajan Decius), C 67 
8) B5, O02, R02, T01 Obv: Exe: IIV RIC 194a (IViii, Trajan Decius
9) B5, O02, R20, T19 Obv. Exe: IIV RIC 199a (IViii, Trajan Decius),C 54 
10) B5, O02, R25, T21 RIC 201 (IViii, Trajan Decius),C 65 
11) B5, O05, R06, T07 RIC 176a (IViii, Trajan Decius),C 12 
12) B5, O10, R07, T07 RIC 177b (IViii, Trajan Decius),C 15 
13) B5, O10, R14, T05 RIC 181d (IViii, Trajan Decius),C 33 
14) B5, O13, R04, T16 RIC 191a (IViii, Trajan Decius),C 59 

 
 
15) B2, O10, R14, T02 Exe: SC  
16) B2, O10, R14, T02 Exe: SC RIC 215 (IViii, Trajan Decius), C 31 
17) B2, O10, R14, T05 RIC 216a (IViii, Trajan Decius),C 33 
18) B2, O10, R22, T16 RIC 225  (IViii, Trajan Decius),C 60 
19) B2, O10, R27, T23 Exe: SC RIC 226 (IViii, Trajan Decius), C 71 

 
AE As 
 
20) B2, O10, R14, T02 Exe: SC RIC 215b (IViii, Trajan Decius),C 32 

 

Hostilian Busts 

Hostilian Types