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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Constantinian Era| > |Decentius| > SH32741
Decentius, Caesar, July or August 350 - 18 August 353 A.D.
|Decentius|, |Decentius,| |Caesar,| |July| |or| |August| |350| |-| |18| |August| |353| |A.D.|, In the winter of 351/352, Magnentius, usurper of the western provinces, elevated his brother Decentius to Caesar and assigned him to oversee the defense of Gaul and the Rhine frontier. After initial success, Constantius defeated Magnentius at the Battle of Mursa Major. The people of Treveri revolted and closed their gates against Decentius and the Allemanni chief Chnodomar defeated Decentius and besieged him in Senonae. It was there that he learned of Magnentius' defeat at the Battle of Mons Seleucus and subsequent suicide. On 18 August 353, Decentius hanged himself in the besieged city, ending the civil war.
SH32741. Billon maiorina, RIC VIII Lyons 146, LRBC II 232, Bastien MM 195, SRCV V 1882, Cohen VIII 33, EF, a few small areas not fully struck but overall a fantastic coin, 2nd officina, Lugdunum (Lyon, France) mint, weight 4.316g, maximum diameter 22.2mm, die axis 180o, Jul/Aug 350 - 18 Aug 353 A.D.; obverse D N DECENTIVS NOB CAES, bare-headed and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIAE DD NN AVG ET CAE (victories of our lords, Emperor and Caesar), two Victories standing confronted, together holding between them a shield inscribed VOT X MVLT X, SP below, RSLG in exergue; SOLD










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