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This aureus is a repica of originals that were minted during the reign of emperor Domitian.
Domitianus or Titus Flavius Caesar Domitianus Augustus was Emperor of the Roman Empire between 81 and 96 AD. He was the last emperor of the Flavian dynasty. Domitianus was the brother of Titus and son of Vespasianus. During his father's reign, Domitianus held several offices. In 81, after his brother Titus' death, Domitianus was declared as new emperor by the Praetorian guard. Domitianus strengthened the Roman coin, expanded the border defence and started several building projects just like his father. Under Domitianus' reign, the Romans led several campaigns in Caledonia (Scotland) and Dacia (Romania) to enlarge the Roman 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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