Titus as Caesar AV Aureus - Gold in very fine condition RARE COIN! 79-81 BC approximately 19mm & 7.1 grams Images are examples of the condition of the coin you will receive but not actual photos of the coin. Aurei are the supreme discipline with regard to ancient gold coins.
The aureus was a gold coin of ancient Rome valued at 25 silver denarii. The aureus was regularly issued from the 1st century BC to the beginning of the 4th century AD, when it was replaced by the solidus.The aureus was about the same size as the denarius, but heavier due to the higher density of gold (as opposed to that of silver). Before the time of Julius Caesar the aureus was struck very infrequently, usually to make larger payments from captured booty. Caesar struck the coin more frequently and standardized the weight at 1/40 of a Roman pound (about 8 grams). 29 BC - 9 AD tariffed the value of the sestertius as 1/100 of an aureus. The mass of the aureus was decreased to 1/45 of a pound (7.3 g) during the reign of Nero (54-68). Analysis of the Roman aureus shows the purity level usually to have been near to 24 carat gold in excess of 99%. Today, the aureus is highly sought after by collectors because of its purity and value, as well its historical interest. PLEASE NOTE: AVAILABILITY OF THIS COIN IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE AT ANY TIME. Please see our other listings for more great coins & treasures. The item "TITUS AS CAESAR Ancient Roman Empire Rare Gold VERY FINE Coin AV AUREUS 79-81BC" is in sale since Tuesday, November 08, 2016. This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ Ancient\Roman\ Republic (300 BC-27 BC)". The seller is "son-montuno" and is located in Illinois. This item can be shipped worldwide.