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Roman aureus Claudius

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This aureus is a repica of originals that were minted during the reign of emperor Claudius.

Tiberius Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus or Tiberius Claudius Nero Caesar Drusus or Claudius Caesar Augustus Germanicus was born in 10 BC. He reigned as fourth emperor from 41 to 54 AD. His predecessor Caligula was killed by the Pretorian guard in the kitchens of Forum Romanum. Claudius was 50 years old when he became an emperor. During his reign the Roman empire started conquering Britannia.

The Roman aureus was first minted during Sulla's reign in 85 BC. During the reign of Julius Caesar, the aureus was fixed at a value of 1/40 of a Roman pound: 8 grams of gold. Some later emperors brought the weight down somewhat. This resulted in extra gold for the treasury, but caused inflation. The aureus consisted for approx. 99% of gold. The worth of the Aureus was approx. 25 denarii, 100 sestertii or 400 asses. During the 3rd century AD the denarius had so significantly been devaluated that one aureus was worth 800 denarii.

This aureus is made of gilded pewter.

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