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Why does this Billon Double Denarius of Roman Emperor Aurelian belong in your collection?
The 44th emperor of the Roman Empire was Aurelian, who ruled from AD 270-275. Aurelian's short reign is characterized by multiple military successes, which included the dismantling of the Gallic Empire and reuniting the territories of the empire under a single leadership. In AD 274, a proclamation by Aurelian earned him the moniker as the "Father of Christmas." In designating December 25, the winter solstice, as a festival dedicated to the birth of the unconquered son (Natalis Solis Invicti), Aurelian inadvertently provided a day for the persecuted Christians to covertly celebrate the birth of the son of God.
Incredibly Detailed Imagery
Obverse: Emperor Aurelian is portrayed on the obverse, facing right, wearing a military style drape and cuirass, with a magnificent radiate crown upon his head. The appearance of the radiate crown is confirmation of the coin's Double Denarius denomination. Inscribed "IMP AVRELIANVS AVG," which translates as "Commander Aurelian, the Emperor."
Reverse: Traditionally, the reverse of Roman Imperial coinage would feature the likeness of a god or goddess who personified an important attribute with respect to the emperor. When applicable, reverse designs were dedicated to specific military victories.
Very Fine Ancient Silver Coin
This billon coin of the Roman Empire, struck for Aurelian in AD 270-275, was reviewed by the ancient coin division of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, NGC Ancients. Featuring attractive eye appeal overall, with nearly complete definition of design elements and lettering, the coin was awarded the grade of Very Fine (VF), which is comparable to a Sheldon Scale grade of 25-30. The ancient Double Denarius is encapsulated in a sonically sealed protective NGC holder, which includes a certification label honoring the Roman Age of Chaos.
This Silver Double-Denarius of Roman Emperor Aurelian will be a treasured addition to your collection!
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|Year of Issue:||AD 270-275|
|Label/Signature:||Roman Age of Chaos Label|
|Obverse Design:||Roman Emperor Aurelian|
|Reverse Design:||Harmony between Emperor & Military|
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