A.D. 270-275 Aurelian Bronze Silvered Antoninianus


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This well-preserved silvered bronze Antoninianus was hand struck over 1,700 years ago during the A.D. 270-275 reign of Aurelian, a pagan Roman emperor often called the “Father of Christmas.” In 274, Aurelian initiated birthday festivities for the sun god Sol (shown on this coin’s reverse) on December 25th, and started an annual tradition of celebrations including gladiatorial games and feasting. Christians, frequently persecuted at the time, began celebrating the birth of Jesus on December 25th to avoid detection by authorities. Treat someone special to a desirable Very Fine/Extra Fine coin from the “Father of Christmas”.