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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.
RS91542. Silver antoninianus, RSC IV 20, RIC IV 144b (R), Hunter III 9 var. (PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS), SRCV III 9522 var. (same), VF, excellent portrait, well centered, toned, flow lines, some die wear, long closed edge crack, small edge split, Rome mint, weight 3.786g, maximum diameter 22.2mm, die axis 0o
, as caesar, 250 - early 251 A.D.; obverse Q HER ETR MES DECIVS NOB C, radiate and draped bust right, from behind; reverse PRINC IVVENT (to the Prince of Youth), Apollo seated left, nude to the waist, himation around hips and legs, laurel branch in extended right hand, left arm resting on kithara on the back of chair; from the Maxwell Hunt Collection; rare
Catalog current as of Saturday, August 17, 2019.
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