TRAJAN DECIUS GOLD AUREUS – EXCEPTIONAL TWO PANNONIAE TYPE – MINT STATE NGC GRADED ROMAN IMPERIAL COIN (Inv. 15027)
ROMAN EMPIRE. TRAJAN DECIUS, AD 249-251
Gold Aureus, 4.42 g., 19 mm., minted in Rome ca. AD 250
Obv. IMP C M Q TRAIANVS DECIVS AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust of Trajan Decius right.
Rev. PANNONIAE, the two Pannonias, veiled standing, looking left and right respectively, each holding a signum.
RIC IV 21a (var, bust type, in RIC it is laureate, DRAPED, and cuirassed); Calicó 3295 (R2).
NGC graded MINT STATE, Strike 5/5, Surface 4/5, an exceptional specimen depicting the personifications of the sister Roman provinces of Pannonia Superior and Pannonia Inferior. Historically important, the coin was struck by an emperor that aimed to restore Rome to its former grandeur, emphasizing a return to the old ways, and especially persecuting Christians who were regarded as enemies of the state if they did not sacrifice to the emperor (a specific edict was apparently issued requiring all citizens of the empire to show their loyalty by performing such a sacrifice). Decius fought a number of military campaigns, including his final one against the Goths at Abritus in AD 251, where his army was ambushed and he himself was killed-in-action.