Decentius 351 – 353 A.D.

Brother of Magnentius, the ill-fated usurper who almost upset the Constantine dynasty. Decentius was made Caesar shortly after Magnentius had gained control of Italy in a clear signal that he meant to start an imperial dynasty of his own. Unfortunately, the war did not go well for Magnentius and, following a devastating defeat in battle, committed suicide rather than test the mercy of Constantius II. On hearing of Magnentius' suicide Decentius followed suit and hanged himself.   AU Solidus RIC 294 (Trier), C 31 Solidus Obv: DNDECENTIVSFORTCAES - Bare-headed, draped and cuirassed bust...

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