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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Crisis and Decline| > |Trajan Decius| > RB88868
Trajan Decius, July 249 - First Half of June 251 A.D.
Liberality is personified by the image of a woman, holding in one hand a counting board, or square tablet with a handle on which are cut a certain number of holes. These boards were used to quickly count the proper number of coins or other items for distribution to each person. It appears they were held over a container, covered with coins and the excess swept away back into the container. The proper number of coins would fill the holes and then would be dumped out to the recipient. On coins this symbol indicated the prince had given to the people money, grain, or other articles of consumption. In the other hand she holds a cornucopia, to indicate the abundance of wheat contained in the public graineries.
RB88868. Copper as, RIC IV 120b (S), Cohen V 71, Hunter III 52, SRCV III 9428, VF, dark brown patina, oval flan, porosity/light corrosion, pit on jaw small edge split, Rome mint, weight 10.394g, maximum diameter 28.6mm, die axis 180o, Jul 249 - Jun 251 A.D.; obverse IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, from behind; reverse LIBERALITAS AVG (the generosity of the Emperor), Liberalitas standing slightly left, counting board in right hand, cornucopia in left hand, S - C (senatus consulto) flanking low across field; scarce; $60.00










OBVERSE| LEGENDS|

IMPCAESCMESSQDECIOTRAIAVG
IMPCAESCMESSTRAIQDECIOAVG
IMPCAESQTRAIANVSDECIVS
IMPCAETRADECAVG
IMPCAETRADECIVSAVG
IMPCDECIVSAVG
IMPCMQTRAIANVSDECIVSAVG
IMPTRAIANVSAVGDECIVS
IMPTRAIANVSDECIVSAVG


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Roman Coins of Trajan Decius