Dacicus was a gold coin issued from the Roman emperor Domitian (50–96),[1] in honor of his claimed victory against the Dacians in the 1st century. The terms of peace with Decebalus, the Dacian king, were severely criticised by the contemporaneous authors, who considered this treaty shameful to the Romans,[2] because the treaty granted Decebalus an annual subsidy of 8 million sesterces.[3] For the remainder of Domitian's reign Dacia remained a relatively peaceful client kingdom, but Decebalus used the Roman money to fortify his defences, and continued to defy Rome until the reign of Trajan.

The term "Dacicus" was also a glory title taken by a few Roman emperors, meaning 'The conqueror of Dacia'.[4] Trajan and Constantine I were awarded with this title.

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  1. Dācicus ī, m a gold coin of Domitian, conqueror of the Dacians, Iu. Lewis, Charlton, T. An Elementary Latin Dictionary. New York, Cincinnati, and Chicago. American Book Company. 1890.
  2. Jones (1992), p. 195.
  3. Jones (1992), p. 150.
  4. "The Dacian Wars". msersch.ancients.info. Retrieved 09.10.2009. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
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