AE Antoninianus. 3.5g, 22mm
MINTED: Rome mint, AD 274-275
REF: RIC 64, Cohen 159
OBVERSE: IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, radiate & cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: ORIENS AVG, Sol walking right with laurel-branch & bow, trampling an enemy, Z in left field, XXIR in ex.
Very Fine. Much original silvering remaining, but surfaces a little rough.
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 . "Sol tramping captive"
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