Reigned: 249-251 A.D.

GAIVS MESSIVS QVINTVS DECIVS was born in Budalia in Pannonia Inferior in about 190. He and his wife, Herennia Etruscilla, had two sons, Herennius Etruscus and Hostilian. Decius was commanding an army along the Danube when he was proclaimed Augustus by his troops in July, 249. Philip I was then killed at the battle of Verona in August, and Decius became sole Emperor. He greatly persecuted the Christians, and vigorously tried to repel the Goths. While doing the latter he and Herennius Etruscus were killed at Abrittus in July, 251. He was the first Emperor to die at the hands of foreign enemies.(From MONETA, from


AR Antoninianus (22mm 4.42g) Struck 24-251 A.D.Rome

Obv: IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG Radiate, draped bust right

Rev: DACIA Dacia standi left holding a staff with a draco head

RIC IV part2 12b



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