CLAUDIUS II GOTHICUS
AE Antoninianus. 3.36g, 20.4mm
MINTED: Antioch mint, late AD 268 - early 269
REF: RIC 214; Cohen 183
OBVERSE: IMP C CLAVDIVS AVG, radiate, draped, cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: NEPTVN AVG, Neptune standing left with dolphin and trident; A in exergue.
Almost Very Fine. Well-centered with nice sandy patina.
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 . "Neptune"
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