AE Semis of Trajan Decius AD 249 to 251
Obverse:- Laureate, cuirassed bust right.
Reverse:- Mars or Virtus standing left holding vertical spear, resting right hand on shield.
S.C. either side.
Mint of Rome; RIC Group II AD 249 -51.
RIC Vol IV Pt 3 No 128 - also Plate 12 No 19.
The restitution of the Semis to the AES coinage was part of Decius' policy
of looking back to the glory days of his namesake - although the denomination was last minted by Hadrian.
Bought December 2008 Brigantia at Red House York.