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    Trajan Decius. A.D. 249-251. AE double sestertius, (36 mm, 40.48 g, 12 h). Rome, A.D. 250. Radiate and cuirassed bust of Trajan Decius right / Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and cornucopiae. RIC 115a; Cohen 39. XF, dark green patina with flecks of red. Ex Sotheby's (July 1996), 149; MMAG 72 (6 October 1987), 754.

    This stunning example of the double sestertius struck under Trajan Decius represents a dramatic, but ultimately doomed, attempt to deal with the spiraling inflation of the third century A.D. Under Decius, the double denarius had its silver content reduced to that of a Severan denarius so that he could restrike old denarii as double denarii. He similarly doubled the notational value of the gold aureus. In order to raise the value of circulating bronze asses, Decius issued double sestertii so that the value of the as could be raised to that of the sestertius.


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