Aurelian (AD 270-275). AV aureus (20mm, 4.18 gm, 1h). NGC ...Click the image to load the highest resolution version.
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DescriptionAurelian (AD 270-275). AV aureus (20mm, 4.18 gm, 1h). NGC MS★ 4/5 - 4/5. Rome or Milan, AD 274-275. IMP C L DOM AVRE-LIANVS P F AVG, laureate, cuirassed bust of Aurelian right, seen from front / V-IRTVS-AVG, Mars advancing right, transverse spear in right hand, trophy in left over shoulder; captive seated right at feet to right. RIC V.I 15. Calicó 4048.
Ex Morris Collection (Heritage Auction 3071, NYINC, 6 January 2019), lot 32226; Classical Numismatic Group 40 (4 December 1996, in association with Numismatica Ars Classica), lot 1681.
The consummate military man, Aurelian is shown here in the fashionable scale-mail armor of the era. Quite appropriate to this militant age, the war god Mars strides forward on the reverse, with a pitiful bound barbarian captive at his feet.
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