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270-275 AD Aurelian Gold Aureus Mars Ticinum

270-275 AD Aurelian Gold Aureus Mars Ticinum Obverse

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A extremely rare gold Aureus of the emperor Aurelian struck at the mint of Ticinum in the year 274 AD. In 271 Aurelian fought a decisive battle near the town in modern Lombardy, driving the invading Juthungi from Roman Italy. The obverse features a laureate draped and cuirassed bust of the emperor, facing right. The reverse shows the figure of Mars, striding right with an elaborate trophy slung over his left shoulder, a spear in his right hand. The legend reads ‘P M TB [sic] P V · II · COS · II PP’. Between his campaigns, Aurelian made time for major monetary reform and this Aureus, offered by The Britannia Coin Company, dates from the post-reform period. It would be difficult to find a better example: a great addition to any serious numismatic collection. Sear 11489; Calico 4024; Estiot 618; RIC 16.
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Post reform. Laureate, draped and cuirassed bust of Aurelian facing right. Legend around: 'IMP C AVRELIANVS AVG'.


Mars, walking right holding spear in the right hand and carrying a trophy across his shoulder. Legend: 'P M TB [sic] P V · II · COS · II PP'.


GEF - Full flan, excellent strike and details with minor scratch and dent to reverse foot, otherwise Good Extremely Fine.


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