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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Crisis and Decline| > |Herennius Etruscus| > SH30387
Herennius Etruscus, Early 251 - First Half of June 251 A.D.
The reverse legend dedicates this coin to the Prince of Youth, Herennius Etruscus. When Augustus ruled Rome, he was not called emperor or king, he was the Princeps, the "first of men." In the empire, the designated successors to the emperor were named caesar and also given the title Princeps Juventutis, the "first of youths." This is the origin of the English word prince, meaning the son of a monarch.
SH30387. Orichalcum sestertius, RIC IV Decius 171a, Cohen V 28, Banti 6, Hunter III 22, SRCV III 9534, VF, excellent portrait, rev double struck, typical squared flan, light smoothing, Rome mint, weight 16.856g, maximum diameter 30.3mm, die axis 0o, as caesar, 250 - early 251 A.D.; obverse Q HER ETR MES DECIVS NOB C, bare-headed, draped bust right, from behind; reverse PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS (to the Prince of Youth), Herennius standing left in military dress, rod downward in right, transverse spear in left, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking low across field; ex Numismatik Lanz; scarce; SOLD










OBVERSE| LEGENDS|

HERENETRVMESQVDECIVSCAESAR
HERENTRVMESQVDECIVSCAESAR
IMPCQHERETRMESDECIOAVG
IMPCQHERETRMESDECIVSAVG
QHERETRMESDECIVSAVG
QHERETRMESDECIVSNOBC
QHERINNIVSETRMESDECIVSNOBC


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Roman Coins of Herennius Etruscus