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AD 270-275 Aurelian Billon Double-Denarius Roman Empire NGC AU Roman Age of Chaos Label

AD 270-275 Aurelian Billon Double-Denarius Roman Empire NGC AU Roman Age of Chaos Label
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Why add this AD 270-275 Roman Imperial Billon Double Denarius of Aurelian to your collection of ancient coinage?

Aurelian was named emperor of the Roman Empire in AD 270. He ruled until September 275, when he was assassinated by his own men, who falsely believed the emperor had marked them for execution. Although his reign only lasted a few years, Aurelian is notably one of the most successful leaders in Roman history. In AD 274, Aurelian declared the day of the winter solstice, December 25, as "Natalis Solis Invicti" (the festival of the birth of the unconquered sun). The persecuted Christians at the time took advantage of the celebration to secretly honor the birth of a different son, Jesus Christ. As a result, Aurelian is considered to be the "Father of Christmas."

  • This ancient Billon Double Denarius of Roman Emperor Aurelian was struck AD 270-275.
  • Billon denotes a coin minted from copper or bronze, coated with a thin silver plating.
  • The hand struck coin weighs about 6.25 grams and no two coins are exactly alike.
  • The coin features a diameter ranging from approximately 22-26 mm.

Powerful Symbolic Imagery

Obverse: The obverse depicts Emperor Aurelian facing right, encircled by an inscription stating his name and official title. The denomination of a Double Denarius was distinguished by the radiate crown adorning the head of the emperor.

Reverse: Reverse designs were frequently military in nature, fashioned to spread word of the emperor's varied successful territorial conquests, or sometimes illustrated a god or goddess, to honor and celebrate of a philosophical tenet of the regime.

Remarkable About Uncirculated Ancient Coin

The Numismatic Guaranty Corporation's ancient coin experts, NGC Ancients, examined this Billon Double Denarius of Roman Emperor Aurelian. Featuring a fully struck design, a moderate amount of original Mint luster and minor wear on the highest points, the coin was deemed to be in About Uncirculated (AU) condition, which is equivalent to a Sheldon Scale rating of 50-58. The coin is sonically sealed in a NGC protective holder accompanied by a Roman Age of Chaos certification label.

Make this impressively graded Roman Imperial Double Denarius honoring Aurelian, the "Father of Christmas," a part of your ancient coin collection today!


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Year of Issue:AD 270-275
Grading Service:NGC
Grade:AU
Label/Signature:Roman Age of Chaos Label
Composition:Billon
Diameter:23 mm
Obverse Design:Roman Emperor Aurelian
Reverse Design:Harmony between Emperor & Military
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