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This aureus is a repica of originals that were minted during the reign of emperor Vitellius.
Aulus Vitellius Germanicus or Aulus Vitellius Germanicus Augustus was emperor during the four emperor year 69 AD. He was emperor for 8 months over the Roman Empire, between 16th of April and 22nd of December. This clai on the throne was disputed all over the Empire and soon the legions in the eastern part of the Roman Empire turned their weapons to him. Vitellius was defeated during the second battle at Bedriacum in North Italy. He abdicated voluntarily, but was executed in Rome on the 22nd of December 69 AD.
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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