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Why add this Billon Aurelianianus of Roman Emperor Diocletian to your collection?
Diocletian was an Emperor of the Roman Empire from A.D. 284-305. A skilled ruler, Diocletian successfully returned stability to the Empire, bringing an end to the Crisis of the Third Century. The aurelianianus was a denomination first introduced by Emperor Aurelian in A.D. 274. Similar to the discontinued antoninianus, the coin had a weight of 3.88 g, but was struck from an alloy with a higher ratio of copper than most bronze pieces, with a 5% silver coating.
Remarkable Roman Imperial imagery
The obverse features the likeness of Emperor Diocletian, right facing, adorned with cuirass and radiate crown. The surrounding legend "IMP C C VAL DIOCLETIANVS P F AVG" translates as "Commander Caesar Gaius Valerius Diocletian: Pious, Happy Emperor."
Depicted on the reverse is the Roman mythological god Jupiter, the god of sky and lightning, illustrated holding a scepter in his left hand and thunderbolt in his right, one of the symbols most associated with the god. The image is surrounded by the honorary inscription "IOVI CONSERVAT AVGG," which proclaims "to Jupiter, the savior of our Emperors,"
Extremely Fine Ancient Billon Aurelianianus
This Billon Aurelianianus, struck for Roman Emperor Diocletian in A.D. 284-305, is graded Extremely Fine, Extremely Fine, which equates to a Sheldon scale grading of 40, by NGC Ancients, the ancient coin division of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). The coin is protected in an NGC holder, exhibiting full design detail, with marginally flattened high points.
This Roman Imperial Billon Aurelianianus will be a treasured part of your ancient coin collection!
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|Year of Issue:||AD 284-305|
|Legal Tender:||Roman Empire|