The Brothers are United

Discussion in 'Ancient Coins' started by Al Kowsky, Oct 25, 2020.

  1. Al Kowsky

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    Yesterday the Tetradrachm of Herennius Etruscus I recently won at auction arrived, pictured below. Although his coins are considered common finding choice examples are not easy.

    Herennius Etruscus AD 251, McAlee 1153c.jpg
    Roman Antioch, Herennius Etruscus as Caesar, AD 251, Billon Tetradrachm: 26 mm, 10.88 gm, 8 h, 5th Officina. McAlee 1053c, Prieur 636 (who cites 22 examples).

    The young prince commanded the first army in response to the Gothic invasion. He was elevated to co-emperor in May of 251, and with his father Trajan Decius, both had initial success fighting the Goths. A month later both father and son were killed fighting the soldiers of the Gothic King Kniva. The coin of his younger brother Hostilian, pictured below, I acquired earlier this year. Hostilian remained in Rome while his brother and father fought the Goths, and when the news of their deaths reached Rome, Hostilian was made co-emperor with Trebonianus Gallus. A few months later Hostilian died of the black plague.

    Hostilian Tet, McAlee 1160 e, Prieur 652.jpg
    Roman Antioch, Hostilian as Caesar, AD 251, Billon Tetradrachm: 27 mm, 11.74 gm, 8 h, 7th Officina. McAlee 1160e, Ex. Rare, Prieur 652, only 2 coins cited.

    If any CT members would like to post coins of the brothers you're welcome to :D.
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  3. Roman Collector

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    Nice coins of the boys and their buzz-cuts, @Al Kowsky! Tetradrachms are a handsome way to collect them, too. I just have a couple of antoniniani.

    Herennius Etruscus as Caesar, AD 249-251.
    Roman AR antoninianus, 3.83 g, 22.4 mm, 11 h.
    Rome, 5th emission, early AD 151.
    Obv: Q HER ETR MES DECIVS NOB C, radiate and draped bust, right.
    Rev: PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS, Apollo seated left, holding branch and resting left elbow on lyre.
    Refs: RIC 146; RSC 24a; Cohen --; RCV 9522; Hunter 9; ERIC II 40.

    [​IMG] Hostilian as Caesar, AD 250-251.
    Roman AR antoninianus, 4.32 g, 20.5 mm, 5 h.
    Rome mint, 5th officina. 5th emission, early AD 251.
    Obv: C VALENS HOSTIL MES QVINTVS N C, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right, seen from behind.
    Rev: PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS, Hostilian standing slightly left, holding signum and reversed spear.
    RIC 181d; RSC 34; RCV 9561; Hunter 4.
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  5. ancient coin hunter

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    Herennius Etruscus (250-251 A.D.)

    AR Antoninianus, 23mm 3.0 grams

    Obverse: Q HER ETR MES DECIVS NOB C, Bare-headed and draped bust right

    Reverse: PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS, Herennius standing left, holding rod and spear.

    Translation: "Prince of the Youth"

    Reference: RIC 147c, RSC 26. Sear 9523


  6. Ricardo123

    Ricardo123 Well-Known Member

    Sorry no coins to show but yours magnifico. Both are on my wishlist
  7. Al Kowsky

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    R.C. Those are 2 great looking coins :D. The toning on Herennius gives it great eye appeal :cool:. These guys really look like brothers don't they.
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  9. Al Kowsky

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    a.c.h., I like your antoninianus of Herennius, the reverse is unusually strong for that coin type :D.
  10. Alegandron

    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Nice write up and coins, @Al Kowsky

    RI Herennius Etruscus 251 CE AR Ant Apollo seated
    rper 260-261 CE Ant 3-74g Samasota mint Indulgentia patera scepter RIC V 5


    RI Hostilian 251 CE AE 27 Viminacium Moesia Bull-Lion
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  11. Al Kowsky

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    Alegandron, Those a 2 lovely coins, especially the provincial bronze of Hostilian :D.
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  12. Ancient Aussie

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    Great coins Al. My only coin of the brothers. Gbaj05xuQJmO7HBPEwnY_Syria.jpg
    Syria, Seleucis and Pieria. Herennius Etruscus
    Syria, Seleucis and Pieria.
    Antiochia ad Orontem.
    Herennius Etruscus. As Caesar, A.D. 250-251.
    Æ octassarion.31mm // 16,30g.
    Obv: ЄPЄNN ЄTPOV MЄ KV ΔЄKIOC KЄCAP, bare-headed and draped bust of Herennius Etruscus right.
    Rev: ANTIOXЄΩN MHTPO KOΛΩN, Tyche seated within tetrastyle temple, the river-god Orontes swimming at her feet; above shrine, ram leaping right, head left; in exergue, S C.
    McAlee 1158.
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    Alegandron "ΤΩΙ ΚΡΑΤΙΣΤΩΙ..." ΜΕΓΑΣ ΑΛΕΞΑΝΔΡΟΣ, June 323 BCE Supporter

    Thank you very much, Al.
  14. Al Kowsky

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    A.A., That's a handsome hefty bronze of Herennius :D. The portrait on your coin looks remarkably like my Tet, which should be no surprise :happy:.


  15. singig

    singig Well-Known Member

    Congratulations, you have two beautiful coins !
    I don't have a Hostilian , but I will replace it by an Antioch tetradrachm of his father

    Herennius Etruscus , AE28 of Dacia. AMNG 46; Martin 3-63-1.
    Q H ETR MES DEC CAES, bare-headed, draped, cuirassed bust righ, seen from the back / PROVIN-C-IA DACIA, Dacia in long robe and Phrygian cap standing facing, looking left, holding sceptre and a bundle of rice. Eagle with wreath in its beak and a lion at foot left and right. Date AN V below.

    Trajan Decius , AR Tetradrachm of Antioch, Syria. AD 250-251. Prieur 526.
    AYT K Γ ME KY TΡAIANOC ΔEKIOC CEB, laureate, draped and cuirassed bust right. seen from the back, three dots beneath the bust (Officina 3) /
    ΔHMAΡX EΞOYCIAC, eagle standing left on palm branch, head left, tail right, wings spread, holding wreath in beak. SC in exergue.
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