Aurelian (270 - 275 AD)

Lucius Domitius Aurelianus, known in English as Aurelian, was the second of several highly successful "soldier-emperors" who helped the Roman Empire regain its power during the latter part of the third century and the beginning of the fourth. During his reign, the Empire was reunited in its entirety, following fifteen years of rebellion, the loss of two-thirds of its territory to break-away empires (the Palmyrene Empire in the east and the Gallic Empire in the west) and devastating barbarian invasions. His successes started the end of the empire's Crisis of the Third Century.

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Aurelian 'Sol and Captive' Silvered Antoninianus 020209

Aurelian 'Sol and Captive' Silvered Antoninianus
Bronze, 4.07 grams, 21.67 mm. Rome. 274-275 AD. Obverse: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right. Reverse: ORIENS AVG, Sol walking right, holding laurel-branch and bow, treading down an enemy, officina letter epsilon in left field. Mintmark XXIR in exergue. RIC V-1, 64; Cohen 159, Sear 11569. Good very fine with much of the original silvering remaining.

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Aurelian 'Sol and Captive' Silvered Antoninianus 020209

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