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Gold Aureus Obverse

American Numismatic Society

American Numismatic Society

Gold aureus minted in Spain c. 18 BCE, featuring a portrait of Augustus Caesar. RIC2 109 (ANS 1944.100.39070, bequest of E. T. Newell). The Roman monetary system of gold, silver, and bronze coinage came to be used across the Mediterranean by the time Augustus established the Roman Empire in 27 BCE.

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