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130309
130, Lot: 309. Estimate $150.
Sold for $140. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

DIVUS AUGUSTUS. 27 BC-14 AD. AR Antoninianus (20mm, 3.41 g). Commemorative issue struck under Trajan Decius, 250/1 AD. Rome mint. Radiate head of Divus Augustus right / Lighted altar. RIC IV 78 (Trajan Decius); RSC -. VF, lightly porous.

When Decius became emperor shortly after the millennium of Rome, he attempted to garner support by restoring the traditional Roman religion. However, by this time the old Roman pantheon was no longer in vogue. Therefore, Decius issued a series of coins co