This aureus is a repica of originals that were minted during the reign of emperor Galba.
Servius Sulpicius Galba was emperor over the Roman Empire during the Four Emperor Year. He was the first emperor who was not from the Julian-Claudian dynasty. Despite his short period of reign, Galba minted an extremely large amount of coins.
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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