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Aurelian, August or September 270 - October or November 275 A.D.
L Domitius Aurelianus was born in Sirmium about 207 A.D. Of humble background, Aurelian rose in the ranks to become one of Rome's greatest generals. Proclaimed emperor around 270 A.D., he quickly crushed the various usurpers, restoring to its largest extent except for the Dacia, which was abandoned permanently. Aurelian then embarked on a series of public works meant to restore the empire's shattered infrastructure. His brilliant rule was cut short by a court conspiracy ending in his assassination in 275 A.D.
Sear identifies this denomination for Aurelian as either an as or a reduced sestertius. The as (or reduced sestertius) is a very scarcedenomination this late in the empire.RA76203. Bronze as, MER-RIC 1871, Göbl MIR 145d0(1), BnF XII 297, Hunter IV 33, SRCV III 11646, RIC V-1 80 var. (officina number), Hunter IV 27 var. (4th officina), VF, well centered, nice green patina, flan crack, weight 6.041 g, maximum diameter 26.7 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina(?), Rome mint, issue 11, early - September 275; obverse IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, laureate and cuirassedbust right; reverseCONCORDIA AVG (harmony of the Emperor), Emperor and empress clasping hands, above and between them a radiate and draped bust of Sol right; $105.00 (€89.25)
In 275, Aurelian prepared a campaign against the Sassanids in Asia Minor. In Thrace, while waiting to cross the Bosphorus with his army, he ordered severe punishments for corrupt soldiers and made a list of high-ranking officers marked for execution. In September, Aurelian fell victim to a conspiracy of the Praetorian Guard and was murdered near Byzantium (Istanbul, Turkey).RA90410. Billondenarius, MER-RIC 1844, RIC V-1 73, Venèra 1496, BnF XII 238, Cohen VI 255, F, weight 2.013 g, maximum diameter 18.9 mm, die axis 180o, 1st officina, Rome mint, 11th issue, early - Sep 275; obverse IMP AVRELIANVS AVG, laureate, draped, and cuirassed; reverseVICTORIA AVG (the victory of the Emperor), Victory walking left, wreath in right hand, palm frond against shoulder in left; a bound captive seated left at feet with head turned right, A in exergue; $60.00 (€51.00)
Claudius IIGothicus, September 268 - August or September 270 A.D., Commemorative issued by Quintillus or Aurelian
ClaudiusGothicus first crushed the Alemanni tribe who had invaded Roman territory. Soon after Goths poured into the empire. Against all advice, Claudiusconfronted the barbarians at Naissus in Upper Moesia. He fought a brilliant battle and annihilated them. Unfortunately for the empire, he died of plague after a reign of only two years. RA83952. Billonantoninianus, cf. RIC V-1 261 (Mediolanum mint), Fair, tight flan, light corrosion, weight 1.529 g, maximum diameter 16.1 mm, die axis 135o, uncertain mint, c. Sep 270 - 271 A.D.; obverseDIVO CLAVDIO, radiatehead right; reverseCONSECRATIO, flaming altar with four panels, each containing pellet; $10.00 (€8.50)
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