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Roman Empire

Ruler: Hostilian
Reigned: Caesar with Trebonianus Gallus Ceasar then Augustus 251 AD
Denomination: AR Antoninianus
Mint: Rome
Date of Issue: 250-251 AD
Obverse: Radiate and draped bust right. "C. VALENS HOSTIL. MES. QVINTVS N. C."[1]
Reverse: Hostilian standing left holding standard and spear (or sceptre). "PRINCIPI IVVENTVTIS"
Reference: RCVM 9561, RSC 34, RIC 181d
Weight: 3.3 gms
Diameter: 21.2 mm
Comment: [1] = "C. VALENS HOSTILIANVS MESSIVS QVINTVS NOBILIS CAESAR" = C. Valens Hostilianus Messius Quintus, high born Caesar

HOSTILIAN (C. Valens Hostilianus Messius Quintus)

  • Hostilianus was the younger son of Trajan Decius and brother of Herennius Etruscus, and was given the rank of Caesar in 251 AD.
  • On the death of his father and brother in a battle against the Goths at Abrittus, in June 251, the successor of Decius and Etruscus, raised him to the rank of Augustus.
  • Shortly afterwards in July 251, Hostilian died of plague.

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