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Why purchase this Extremely Fine Billon Double Denarius of Roman Emperor Aurelian?
The Double Denarius, also known as an Antoninianus, was a radiate denomination originally introduced as an approximately fifty percent silver coin by Caracalla in A.D. 214. By A.D. 270, the coin had been debased to a small bronze coin with a thin silver wash. Emperor Aurelian restored the coin's size and issued the coin composed of billon, an alloy of bronze and silver in the proportion 20:1, also coated with a silver wash.
Incredibly detailed images of Emperor Aurelian
Emperor Aurelian is portrayed on the obverse, facing right, draped and cuirassed and wearing a radiate crown. The image is accompanied by the legend "IMP AVRELIANVS AVG," which represents "Commander Aurelian, the Emperor."
Illustrated on the reverse is a scene depicting the Emperor standing on the left holding a long staff, receiving the gift of a globe from Jupiter, surrounded by the inscription "IOVI CONSER," the Latin abbreviation for "Iovi Conservatori," which means "to Jupiter the Protector."
Extremely Fine Ancient Billon Double Denarius
This billon coin of the Roman Empire, struck for Aurelian is graded Extremely Fine with a comparable Sheldon scale of 40, by the ancient coin grading division of the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). The Double Denarius will exhibit complete details in imagery and lettering, with minor flattening on the highest points, and small traces of original Mint luster.
This magnificent Emperor Aurelian Billon Double Denarius issued in the late third century A.D. will be a treasured addition of your ancient coin collection!
|Year of Issue:||AD 270-275|
|Legal Tender:||Roman Empire|
Few ancient coins are as recognizable as the Roman denarius. This small silver coin carries massive historical significance. Produced from 211 BC until the middle of the 3rd century AD, this denomination served as the backbone of Roman coinage and was the inspiration behind many later European coins. ModernCoinMart carries a very large selection of these denarii, at very affordable prices!