Sunday, 24 March 2019

Gold aureus of Roman Emperor Trajan Decius

A gold aureus of Roman Emperor Trajan Decius was the top-selling ancient at Ira and Larry Goldberg Auctioneers’ sale in 2018. It was a superb mint state lustrous piece. It made $ 15,000 plus buyers premium.

Trajan Decius was a Roman general who hailed from the Danube. In 249, he successfully quelled a revolt in that region, leading his troops to proclaim him emperor. His army then successfully routed that of the incumbent emperor, and the Senate confirmed his new status. Trajan Decius was Roman Emperor from 249 to 251. In the last year of his reign, he co-ruled with his son Herennius Etruscus until they and about half their army perished when they pursued Goths into marshes at Abrittus.
Christians who refused to offer a sacrifice for the Emperor and the Empire's well-being by a specified date risked torture and execution. A number of prominent Christians were killed in the process, including Pope Fabian himself in 250.

Plague, at its height, took the lives of 5,000 daily in Rome. Decius sought out Christian scapegoats. The Christian church never forgot the reign of Decius whom they labelled as that "fierce tyrant."