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   View Categories Home > Catalog > |Roman Coins| > |Recovery of the Empire| > |Aurelian| > BB19088
Aurelian, August 270 - October or November 275 A.D.
|Aurelian|, |Aurelian,| |August| |270| |-| |October| |or| |November| |275| |A.D.|, In 286, the Roman Emperor Diocletian moved the capital of the Western Roman Empire from Rome to Mediolanum. Diocletian himself chose to reside at Nicomedia in the Eastern Empire, leaving his colleague Maximian at Milan. Maximian built several gigantic monuments: the large circus (470 ◊ 85 metres), the thermae or "Baths of Hercules", a large complex of imperial palaces and other services and buildings of which few visible traces remain. Maximian increased the city area to 375 acres by surrounding it with a new, larger stone wall (about 4.5 km long) with many 24-sided towers. The monumental area had twin towers; the one included later in the construction of the convent of San Maurizio Maggiore remains 16.6 m high.
BB19088. Billon antoninianus, RIC V-1 140, VF, Mediolanum (Milan, Italy) mint, weight 3.206g, maximum diameter 22.3mm, die axis 0o, obverse IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right; reverse RESTITVT ORIENTIS (to the restorer of the East), Woman (Oriens) presenting wreath to Aurelian standing left, extending arm and holding spear, P in exergue; SOLD











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