CLAUDIUS II GOTHICUS
AE Antoninianus. 3.82g, 19.4mm
MINTED: Rome mint, circa Sep AD 268 - end 269
REF: New RIC V/1 Online temp #282
OBVERSE: IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: FIDES EXERCI, Fides standing left, holding vertical standard and transverse standard; XI in exergue.
Very Fine. Nice portrait.
Fides was the Roman divine personification of trust and fidelity.
Ex Finn Johannessen Collection (purchased from Vladimir Chickov, 28 Sep 07)
Finn Johannessen was a specialist collector who assembled probably the most complete private collection of Claudius II coinage. His collection included numerous rarities and important additions to the new online version of Roman Imperial Coinage (RIC) V Part I.
Of low birth, Claudius II rose through the ranks of the army and served as Commander of the Elite Cavalry under Emperor Gallienus. His own brief reign was notable for the success he had in restoring some prestige to the reputation of Empire's legions. At the Battle of Naissus, he crushed a huge army of invading Goths, earning himself the title Gothicus (Conqueror of the Goths). He succumbed to the plague while preparing to go to war against the Vandals.
CLAUDIUS II GOTHICUS . AD 268-270 . AE Antoninianus. Fides . Ex Finn Johannessen
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