This aureus is a repica of originals that were minted during the reign of emperor Titus.
Titus or Flavius Caesar Vespasianus was emperor over the Roman Empire between 79 and 81. He was the first emperor to succeed his father Vespasianus. Before his imperial years, Titus gained fame in the army. He was a military commander who fought in Judae during the Jewish War. During his father's reign in 69 AD Titus was responsible for ending the Jewish rising. In 70 AD he destroyed the city of Jerusalem and was awarded a triumph arc.
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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