AE Antoninianus. 3.31g, 22.4mm
MINTED: Antioch mint, early AD 275 – September 275
REF: New RIC Online temp #3197; RIC1st 386
OBVERSE: IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate, draped and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: RESTITVT OR-BIS ("Restorer of the World"), Female figure standing right, crowning Aurelian in military dress standing left, holding spear in left hand; VI between them, XXI in exergue.
Almost Very Fine.
Aurelian was one of the more effective of the soldier emperors of the mid 3rd century. He was a cavalry commander of Illyrian birth under emperor Gallienus, and was promoted to Magister Equitum (or head of the army) under Claudius II. As emperor, Aurelian did much to reverse the fortunes of the empire by re-conquering the secessionist Gallic and Palmyrene empires. For his efforts, he was accorded the title Restitutor Orbis, or Restorer of the World.
AURELIAN . AD 270-275 . Antoninianus . "Restorer of the World"
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