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AURUM CORONARIUM. - This term is used in the code of Theodosius, as synonimous with extremely pure gold. It originally signified the very fine and brilliant gold of which crowns were made, or rather the precious metal itself, which was offered to the conqueror. For although, at first, it was customary to present him with golden crowns of honour, yet the more convenient practice of giving him a sum of money was afterward introduced. - Aurum Coronarium, says Servius, quod hodie a victis gentibus datur. But it was not the vanquished alone who paid this costly homage. Even the allies and friends of the Romans, when a consul or a pro-consul entered their territories, found it expedient to conciliate his favour with the tender of a large amount in gold. Under the imperial government, gifts of this sort soon began to be offered, on the occassion of some, so called, happy event; such as the birth or an adoption for example, or when a prince ascended the throne.  - Speaking of Antoninus Pius, it is affirmed by Capitolinus - Italicis totum, medium Provincialibus reddidit. Thus it would appear that the Aurum Coronarium was in process of time a mere tribute in gold or in silver, which the Roman potentate received from those placed under his government. And although, during the republic, it might have been a voluntary act of grateful acknowledgement on the part of the different provinces and nations subjected to Rome; yet in the Imperial period it became an expected contribution, to replenish the coffers of the reigning emperor. - See some further particulars on this subject, extracted from Eckhel 's remarks (vii. pp. 6 and 7), under the legend SCYTHIA. - Also, for a symbolic allusion on an Imperial coin to the the Coronarium of gold, see the type of ASIA COS II of Antoninus Pius.

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