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In 301, one gold ''aureus'' was worth 833⅓ denarii; by 324, the same ''aureus'' was worth 4,350 ''denarii''. In 337, after Constantine converted to the ''solidus'', one solidus was worth 275,000 ''denarii'' and finally, by 356, one solidus was worth 4,600,000 ''denarii''.
 
Today, the ''aureus'' is highly sought after by collectors because of its purity and value, as well its historical interest. An ''aureus'' is usually much more expensive than a ''denarius'' issued by the same emperor. For instance, in one auction, an ''aureus'' of [[Trajan]] (r. 98–117) sold for $15,000, and a silver coin of the same emperor sold for $100. Two of the most expensive ''aurei'' were sold in the same auction in 2008. One ''aureus'', issued in 42 BC by [[Marcus Junius Brutus]], the assassin of Gaius Julius Caesar, had a price realized of $661,250.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://images.goldbergauctions.com/php/chap_auc.php?site=1&lang=1&sale=46&chapter=2&page=1 |title=Goldberg Coins and Collectibles |publisher=Images.goldbergauctions.com |date= |accessdate=2014-06-07}}</ref> (There is an example of this coin on permanent display at the [[British Museum]] in London.) The second ''aureus'', issued by the emperor [[Alexander Severus]] (r. 222–235), has a picture of the [[Colosseum]] on the reverse, and had a price realized of $920,000.<ref>{{cite web|url=http://images.goldbergauctions.com/php/chap_auc.php?site=1&lang=1&sale=46&chapter=2&page=2 |title=Goldberg Coins and Collectibles |publisher=Images.goldbergauctions.com |date= |accessdate=2014-06-07}}</ref> An aureus with the face of [[Allectus]] was auctioned off in the United Kingdom for £552,000 in June 2019.<ref>{{Cite web|url=httphttps://www.msn.com/en-xl/europe/europe-top-stories/metal-detectorist-ecstatic-after-find-on-farm-turns-out-to-be-ultra-rare-roman-coin-fetching-%C2%A3552000-at-auction/ar-AACCz9n?li=BBKxJ6T&ocid=iehp|title=Metal detectorist ‘ecstatic’ after find on farm turns out to be ultra-rare Roman coin fetching £552,000 at auction|website=www.msn.com|access-date=2019-06-10}}</ref>
 
==See also==