Aurelian was Roman Emperor from 270. He is considered one of the best Emperors in the Crisis of the Third Century as he defeated the germanic tribes, he restored the Empire’s eastern provinces and he conquered the Gallic Empire. For this reason, Aurelian earned the title Restitutor Orbis although it did not prevent him to be murdered in 275 when marched towards Asia Minor, preparing a campaign against the Sassanids.
This aureus is not very common but it is still not difficult to find several specimens sold in public auctions. We can take three coins as price references for the coin in the auction: this coin, in similar quality, was hammered for 6.500 GBP in 2014; this other one, again in similar quality, was hammered for $9.500 in 2011; and this one, in a slightly better condition, was hammered for 7.500 CHF in 2015. Hence, we can consider that 7.000 to 9.000 euros is a reasonable range for the hammer price of this coin. However, the auction house describes the coin as having “slightly rough surfaces and a few minor marks”. The photograph of the coin does not show many marks. So, either the coin has more marks that the ones that seem to be (in that case the price should be lower) or the seller is very strict with the coin.
Description from the seller
Aurelian, 270-275. Aureus (Gold, 20mm, 4.27 g 12), Mediolanum, 3rd emission, 271-272. IMP C L DOM AVRELIANVS P F AVG Laureate and cuirassed bust of Aurelian to right. Rev. VIRTVS AVG Mars advancing to right, holding transverse spear in his right hand and a trophy in his left; at his feet to right, seated captive. BN 427. Calicó 4048. RIC 182. With slightly rough surfaces and a few minor marks, otherwise, extremely fine.
From a Swiss collection, acquired some twenty-five years ago.
This coin and the aureus in the following lot share the same reverse die.