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This aureus is a repica of originals that were minted during the reign of emperor Otho.
Marcus Salvius Otho was the first emperor to come to power by killing his predecessor (Nero) in public. During his reign the emperor tried to destroy all traces of Nero. Otho was emperor in 69AD. During the 50s, Otho was Nero's friend and he bragged about his wife Poppaea Sabina. As a result, Nero banned Otho to Portugal and took Poppaea Sabina as his mistress. But in 65 AD he kicked her to death. During the revolt against Nero in 68 AD, Otho travelled back from Portugal and joined Galba. When Galba became emperor, his most logical successor was Otho.
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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