Aurelian - Roman Emperor: 270-275 A.D.
Bronze Antoninianus 24mm (2.40 grams) Struck at the mint of Cyzicus 274-275 A.D.
Reference: RIC 360f, C 151
IMPCAVRELIANVSAVG - Radiate, cuirassed bust right.
ORIENSAVG Exe: XXI - Sol standing left, raising hand and holding globe; seated captive to left.
Ruling dynasties often exploit pomp and ceremony with the use of regalia: crowns, robes, orb (globe) and sceptres, some of which are reflections of formerly practical objects. The use of language mechanisms also support this differentiation with subjects talking of "the crown" and/or of "the throne" rather than referring directly to personal names and items.
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Roman Imperial repouss silver disc of Sol Invictus (3rd century), found at Pessinus (British Museum)
Sol Invictus ("Unconquered Sun") was the official sun god of the later Roman Empire and a patron of soldiers. In 274 the Roman emperor Aurelian made it an official cult alongside the traditional Roman cults. Scholars dis...