CLAUDIUS II GOTHICUS
AE Antoninianus. 3.61g, 22mm
MINTED: Rome mint, circa Oct-Nov AD 268
REF: New RIC V/1 Online temp #118 (this coin cited)
OBVERSE: IMP CLAVDIVS P F AVG, radiate and cuirassed bust right.
REVERSE: IOVI STATORI, Jupiter standing left, head right, holding long sceptre and thunderbolt.
Ex Finn Johannessen Collection (purchased from Mickael Morin, 1 Feb 2006)
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.
Very Fine. Some original silvering remaining.
A very rare variety - this coin being just one of six examples known and cited in the new online RIC V/1 database.
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. **Very Rare & Pedigreed**
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