CLAUDIUS II GOTHICUS
AE Antoninianus. 3.46g, 19.4mm
MINTED: Milan mint, AD 268-269
REF: RIC 145; Sear 11330
OBVERSE: IMP CLAVDIVS P F AVG, radiate, draped bust right.
REVERSE: FELIC TEMPO, Felicitas standing left, holding caduceus and sceptre; T in exergue.
Almost Very Fine.
The reverse legend FELIC TEMPO ('Felicitas Temporum') translates to 'Happy Times', which Claudius could perhaps make a claim to considering his military successes did much to restore stability to the Empire. Not so happily, Claudius would soon die of the plague.
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 . Antoninianus . "FELIC TEMPO"
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