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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |The Secessionist Empires| > |Victorinus| > SL89824
Gallic Empire, Victorinus, Summer to November 268 - mid 271 A.D.
Sol Invictus ("Unconquered Sun") was the sun god of the later Roman Empire and a patron of soldiers. In 274 the Roman emperor Aurelian made it an official cult alongside the traditional Roman cults. The god was favored by emperors after Aurelian and appeared on their coins until Constantine. The last inscription referring to Sol Invictus dates to 387 and there were enough devotees in the 5th century that Augustine found it necessary to preach against them. The date 25 December was selected for Christmas to replace the popular Roman festival Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, the "Birthday of the Unconquered Sun."
SL89824. Billon antoninianus, Mairat 582, RIC V-2 114, Schulzki AGK 9b, Cohen VI 49, Elmer 683, Cunetio 2534, SRCV III 11170, NGC MS, strike 5/5, surface 4/5, silvering (3815624-001), 1st officina, Treveri (Trier, Germany) mint, weight 2.49g, maximum diameter 18.9mm, die axis 0o, issue 3, phase 2, late 269 - mid 271 A.D.; obverse IMP C VICTORINVS P F AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse INVICTVS, Sol advancing left, radiate, nude but for chlamys over shoulders and left arm, raising right hand commanding the sun to rise, whip in left hand, star left; from the Martineit Collection of Ancient and World Coins; $140.00

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