This aureus is a repica of originals that were minted during the reign of emperor Vespasian.
Titus Flavius Vespasianus was emperor over the Roman Empire between 69 and 79 AD. After the Civil War that arose after the war of Nero and the Four Emperor Year Vespasianus triumphed in claiming leadership. He was the first Roman emperor from the Flavian dynasty. Vespasian was a wonderful politician, he succeeded in economically stabilizing the Roman Empire. He started active building programmes and stabilised the fiscal policy that was destabilized by Nero. Vespasianus was a popular and successful emperor who was deeply needed by the empire.
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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