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Aurelian, August or September 270 - October or November 275 A.D.
L Domitius Aurelianus was born in Sirmium about 207 A.D. Of humble background, Aurelian rose in the ranks to become one of Rome's greatest generals. Proclaimed emperor around 270 A.D., he quickly crushed the various usurpers, restoring to its largest extent except for the Dacia, which was abandoned permanently. Aurelian then embarked on a series of public works meant to restore the empire's shattered infrastructure. His brilliant rule was cut short by a court conspiracy ending in his assassination in 275 A.D.
Certificate of Authenticity issued by David R. Sear.SH24849. Gold aureus, MER-RIC 1584, Göbl MIR 127q, pl. 74 (O96/R298); BnF XII 424, pl. 13 (same dies); Estiot 1999-I 58 (same dies); RIC V 15, aEF, edge bump at 10 o'clock, weight 4.459 g, maximum diameter 21.4 mm, die axis 180o, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, issue 3, mid 272 - end 272; obverse IMP CL DOM AVRELIANVS P F AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right, wearing aegis across chest with small Medusa head in center; reverse VIRTVS AVG (the valor of the Emperor), Virtus, helmeted, cloaked, holding spear in right and trophy across left shoulder, walking right, captive before; ex Harlan Berk; SOLD
Victory or Nike is seen with wings in most statues and paintings, with one of the most famous being the Winged Victory of Samothrace. Most other winged deities in the Greek pantheon had shed their wings by Classical times. Nike is the goddess of strength, speed, and victory. Nike was a very close acquaintance of Athena and is thought to have stood in Athena's outstretched hand in the statue of Athena located in the Parthenon. Victory or Nike is also one of the most commonly portrayed figures on Greek and Roman coins.SH47767. Billon denarius, RIC V-1 71, BnF XII 185, Göbl MIR 135f2, MER-RIC 1799 var. (also draped), superb EF, near full silvering, excellent full strike, weight 2.779 g, maximum diameter 19.8 mm, die axis 180o, 2nd officina, Rome mint, issue 10, end 274 A.D.; obverse IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, laureate and cuirassed bust right; reverse VICTORIA AVG (the victory of the Emperor), Victory walking left, wreath in right hand, palm frond in left hand, B left, VSV in exergue; SOLD
The only other know specimen of this type, MER-RIC T2578 was offered by CGB in its mail bid sale XVI (31 Dec 2002), lot 657. Described as UNIQUE and VF, it went unsold with an estimate of 500 Euros. Our specimen is MUCH nicer.RA92318. Billon antoninianus, MER-RIC T2578 (1 spec., CGB XVI, 31 Dec 2002, lot 657), BnF XII -, Göbl MIR -, Hunter IV -, RIC V-2 -, Cohen VI -, SRCV III -, et al. -, aEF, much silvering with some luster, well centered on a tight flan, nice portrait, flow lines, some light marks, reverse weak, weight 2.542 g, maximum diameter 21.5 mm, die axis 180o, Serdica (Sofia, Bulgaria) mint, c. 271 A.D.; obverse IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate, draped, and cuirassed bust right; reverse CONSERVATORI, Aesculapius standing slightly right, head left, leaning on snake entwined staff, S in exergue; only the second known specimen of this type!; extremely rare; SOLD
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