Antoninianus - Herennius Etruscus as Caesar SPES PVBLICA; Spes

Features

Country Roman Empire
(Rome)
Emperor Decius (249-251)
Type Standard circulation coin
Years 250-251
Value Antoninianus = 2 Denarii (2)
Currency Antoninianus, Reform of Caracalla (AD 215 – 301)
Composition Silver
Weight 4 g
Diameter 22.5 mm
Shape Round (irregular)
Orientation Variable alignment ↺
Demonetized Yes
References RIC IV.3# 149,
Harold Mattingly, Edward Allen Sydenham, Carol Humphrey Vivian Sutherland; 1949. The Roman Imperial Coinage / Volume 4.3. Gordian III – Uranius Antoninus (AD 238–253). Spink & Son, London, United Kingdom.
OCRE# ric.4.tr_d.149
Online Coins of the Roman Empire (http://numismatics.org/ocre/)

Obverse

Bust of Herennius Etruscus, radiate, draped, right.

Lettering: Q HER ETR MES DECIVS NOB C

Translation:
Quintus Herennius Etruscus Messius Decius Nobilissimus Caesar.
Quintus Herennius Etruscus Messius Decius, the most noble Caesar.

Reverse

Spes, draped, advancing left, holding flower in right hand and raising skirt with left hand.

Lettering: SPES PVBLICA

Translation:
Spes Publica.
Hope of the public.

Mint

Rome (ancient), Italy

Comments

Mass varies: 2.582–5.68 g;
Diameter varies: 19–24.5 mm;

Example of this type:
American Numismatic Society (ANS)

Source:
Online Coins of the Roman Empire (OCRE)

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Date VG F VF XF AU UNC
ND (250-251) 

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