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Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Recovery of the Empire| > |Aurelian| > RL88600
Aurelian, August or September 270 - October or November 275 A.D.
Sol Invictus ("Unconquered Sun") was the official sun god of the late Empire and a patron of soldiers. In 274, Aurelian made it an official cult alongside the traditional Roman cults. Scholars disagree whether the new deity was a refoundation of the ancient Latin cult of Sol, a revival of the cult of Elagabalus, or completely new. 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 A.D. and there were enough devotees in the 5th century that Augustine found it necessary to preach against them.
RL88600. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC T1519, RIC V-1 Mediolanum 150, BnF XII 569, Cohen VI 153, La VenŤra 4788 - 4804, Gloucester 265, Thibouville 2204, SRCV -, Fair, rough, 4th officina, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, weight 5.398g, maximum diameter 23.8mm, die axis 0o, issue 6, spring 274 A.D.; obverse IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse ORIENS AVG (the rising sun of the Emperor), Sol standing slightly left, radiate, nude but for chlamys over shoulders and left arm, raising right hand commanding the sun to rise, globe in left hand, flanked by two captives seated at feet, Q M in exergue; SOLD

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Mediolanum (Milan), Italy